Glen called me late in the evening Mother’s Day. His wife, Hey had lost her celphone in the sand the night before. Because she had “the find my phone” application on her phone, GPS signal indicated it was in the sand near the fire pit. After spending most the day searching in the sand by hand and rakes it was getting dark. The battery on the phone had died and they were about to give up.
Glen found TheRingFinders.com while doing a Google search for metal detectors. After calling me I was able to meet them at Three Arch Bay which is a gated community with a private beach. My first time visiting this beach. It’s a beautiful beach even at night with a long set of steps down the cliff to the beach.
After meeting Hey, I could see she was tired and frustrated. They had built a fire in the firepit. So it was kind of a picturesque place to do a search. It took awhile, maybe 15 minutes to find the phone because it was 20 feet away from the location they gave me. I was careful not to dig aggressively as it would not be professional to break the Celphone.
It was great to see how happy Hey was and to know that her Mother’s Day ended in a positive way. I asked them to tell their neighbors and friends about our service.
Corona Delmar Beach … Man’s Diamond Wedding Band, possibly lost on popular beach..
Mark called me a little after 5 pm. He said he would have called sooner but didn’t know a service like this existed. He told me that he thought he lost his ring a couple weeks before while on the beach playing volleyball in the sand at Corona Delmar. It’s only 2 miles from where I live, but I was 12 miles away in Laguna Beach..
Traffic was so bad that it took me an hour and a half till I was able to meet Mark and his wife Donna at the location.. After a couple weeks another extra hour shouldn’t make too much difference. I couldn’t promise anything but I could grid the area to verify that it’s not there. Donna showed me her matching ring to help me know what kind of signal I would be listening for.
They took off for a walk down the beach. Returning after about a half hour, Mark asked me if I had tried the area by the trash can. I was just setting up to grid that space. Two swings of my detector and a quick dig with my sand scoop and there was Mark’s ring, I was blown away, because I know this beach and this was definitely going to be a long shot.. I now believe in miracles!
It was so special to him because it was custom made with diamonds from his deceased mother and aunt.. When I handed it to him, he was speechless and very emotional. Then came the man hug.. I was also very surprised when his wife told me it was actually more than 5 weeks sense the loss.. Mark didn’t realize the ring was missing until the day after being at the beach.. This beach gets pounded with metal detectors and the city worker who drives the beach sifter is an over achiever ( it’s a very clean beach ).. I say, ” I’ll will try anywhere ” and this proves it pays off.
Bob called me after finding my name in TheRingFinder website. He was attempting to rent or buy a metal detector to find his wife’s diamond wedding ring. His wife, Erin had been enjoying the day at Fisherman’s Cove with her friend. Taking off her rings and placing them in the cup holder of her beach chair while applying sunscreen. Not remembering that the rings were there, she picked up the chair and walked up to the house 100 yards away. That was when she realized what she had done.. Erin and her friend Melissa spent a couple hours sifting through the sand and were able to find one ring.
It was getting dark and the tide was rising. When I arrived. She was pretty sure that it was in the sand or possibly on the footpath to the house.. I took care of the sandy area nearest the water first trying not to hurry as that could cause me to miss the ring.. 15 minutes later I got that white gold tone and scooped up Erin’s beautiful ring.
Bob was elated, he got on the phone to call his wife with the good news. He told me she was so upset about loss that she had to stay home.. The phone call was well taken.. It was a awesome search. Bob called, text me the address, we both arrived at the location at the same time and after a few questions started the search and within a few minutes scooped up the ring.. I love to see smiles like Bob has in this photo.. Another special moment to share with people I could help find something that means so much to them.
Saturday .. May 3, 2014
I was on another ring recovery 58 miles from Laguna Beach when I got a call from a Concierge at the Montage resort. The Concierge at the desk passed the phone off to Joann and I told her I could be there before dark. I was able to get there before the sunset. Joann and her husband were waiting on the beach in front of where the ring was dropped. I made a few swings with my detector and scooped a nice wedding ring. I let Joann pick it from my scoop, then she said this is not my ring. I put it in my pocket then swung the detector a couple more times. The next signal was Joann and Federico’s wedding band. They were elated to have this most important symbol of their marriage back where it belongs. I reported to the hotel’s security that I had found another ring that I’d like to return to the rightful owner. I am also posting it on Craig’s List Lost and Found.. As of this date it has not been claimed. Below is Federico and Joann’s story.
My husband, Federico Blanco and I met on October 7, 2007. We became boyfriend/girlfriend on March 15, 2008 and got engaged four years later on the same day we met, October 7, 2011. Eight months later we got married on June 10, 2012 and have had a happy and fulfilling relationship.
This was the first time I had ever lost my wedding band. I had asked Federico to hold my rings while I put sunblock on our 8 year-old daughter, Sarah and he forgot he was holding onto my rings (Wedding ring and band). When he stood up he realized the wedding band was gone but managed to hold onto the most expensive ring, the wedding ring! We searched the sand for about 15 minutes before it occurred to me to call someone who had a metal detector. I went to the Montage to ask the concierge who was named Calvin Randle if he knew any staff members who might have a metal detector but no one had one. I asked him to look online if any nearby stores sold one and in the search Stan Ross came up. We decided to give you a call and within seconds you answered and said you would be there within an hour. You showed up 90 minutes later and found my wedding band within 5 minutes or less of looking for it. Thank you again and we hope to see our story on your blog soon.
Joann and Fernando