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Sanibel Island — Gold Wedding Band Lost in Gulf Found and Returned

from Sanibel Island (Florida, United States)

While enjoying a relaxing day at the beach, this gentleman’s wedding band fell into the water while playing football.

After searching the internet on how to find a lost ring, our contact information showed up and he and his wife contacted my wife and I for help. We made arrangements to perform the search later that evening.

The couple had previously made plans to meet their family for dinner, so once my wife and I arrived at the location we made sure to stay in constant contact via phone and text messaging.

After about an hour or so into the search, the ring finally appeared in the scoop.  Soon after we made arrangements to meet and we were able to return the ring and capture the attached photo.  The smile says it all!

Lost Ring in Ithaca NY …………Found

from New Albany (Pennsylvania, United States)
Contact: 1-570-916-2617

Matt contacted me about his lost wedding band near Ithaca NY.  He had lost it during a kayak mishap while duck hunting at a secluded beaver pond.

He thought that the ring had came off his finger when the kayak rolled and his hand went down into the mud of the pond bottom. Matt and his friends planned a trip back to the site to see if they could see the ring. That evening Matt contacted me again and told me as soon as he stepped into the water it became too murky to see anything.  Two days later My wife Traci and I set off on our long drive to meet Matt. When we arrived Matt told us it was about a 20 minute hike back to the pond. By this time the temperature was in the forties and it was raining.  I assembled my gear and we set off toward the pond. When we arrived at the pond, Matt showed me where he thought he had launched the kayak and pointed out a 15′ by 30′ area the ring should be in. I tuned on my White’s MX Sport metal detector and stepped into the water. Immediately my feet sunk almost a foot into the mud, sticks and leaves of the pond bottom. I was thinking to myself I hope Matt did not step on his ring while he was here searching.  I waded further out and swung my coil over the area where the kayak was launched. I had absolutely no signals so after 15 minutes I expanded my search. I soon had a signal, but it was a nickel signal and it was about 10 inches deep in the pond bottom. The pond water was so murky that once my search coil entered the water it disappeared from sight.  I asked Matt what his ring was made of because I was not getting a gold signal. He told me it was only gold plated for durability. Immediately I felt I had located the resting place of the ring. Now to get the target to the surface. The water I was standing was almost waist deep so I could not search with my hands without submerging  my upper body and face into the frigid water.  I started using my sand scoop to scoop up mud, sticks and leaves.  Inch by inch I was working the target closer to the surface. When the target was at about two inches I located it with my pin pointer and lowered my scoop until I felt my scoop touch the pin pointer. I scooped up as much debris as I could get in the scoop. As I sorted through the leaves and sticks I spotted the familiar shine of white gold. As I pulled the ring out of the scoop and held it up for Matt to see.  Immediately he exclaimed ” No Way “!  I waded out of the pond and handed Matt his wedding band. He immediately texted a photo of the ring to his wife, smiling the whole time. Even though I was soaked to the bone and shivering I felt warm having been successful in returning smiles to this young couple!






Tom Watkins

New Albany PA


Lost Tantalum Wedding Ring Recovered in Esprit Park, Dogpatch, San Francisco 94107

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334

Mark and his dog Pasha were running around and playing in Esprit Park when Mark noticed his wedding ring was missing. Married only a year, he felt a strong sentimental attachment to the special ring. Personally engraved, and made of a rare conductive metal, Tantalum (Ta), which is extremely dense and tough, it was indeed, a sentimentally and materially valuable object.

Mark smartly marked the spot where he thought it might have flown off his hand. He and his friends looked for his ring all Friday afternoon. Arriving Saturday morning at 10AM, Mark retraced his steps in the park the day before. First they had taken two laps around the park’s perimeter path for exercise. Then they started playing around in the grass. That’s where Mark thought his ring might have been lost, and put down a pile of sticks and leaves to mark the area.

The next day, after searching a 15 x 15′ grid area to the east of his mark, I started a grid search just to the west of his mark, and located his ring within 2′ of his mark. It was under trampled grass, not visible to the naked eye.

Mark  rewarded me with hugs and yoga tips. So happy to recover his unique tantalum wedding band.

My recovery rate is is about 95% if the object is still there in the area. Don’t wait a week to call a pro!

SF Bay Area RingFinders Contact:  Marshall Smith – Text or call: 415-895-0334

Metal Detectorist serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area from sunny San Mateo, CA

Mens White Gold Wedding Band Lost & Found On Studland Beach

from Bournemouth (England, United Kingdom)
Contact: 07899996686

Studland Beach in Dorset is a popular destination for holiday makers and day visitors just like Richard Meredith from Hampton Court, London.

As with many people visiting beaches, the combination of Sand Castle making, throwing Frisbees and sun tan oiled fingers- the risk of losing a ring is rife. We all know how hard it is to find anything dropped in the sand and the more you search the deeper it falls.

This is just what happened to Richard when he felt his ring slip off. The more he dug, the deeper it sank. He waited patiently for me to arrive but was reunited with his ring in a matter of seconds.

Richard kindly made a donation to the Margret Green Animal Charity.

Diamond ring found on Pismo Beach 5th of July

from Pismo Beach (California, United States)

July 4, 2015 three in the afternoon, I was getting ready to start the Bar-BQ and had the fireworks on display so all the neighborhood kids could see what was going to happen at dark. We throw a  4th July party in our cul-de-sac, it has become a very big party and yearly tradition, this was no exception.

The phone rang and a soft hesitant voice asked, “Is this the ring finder?” to which I replied “yes, how may I help you?” Then it all came out, her name was Trisha and she with her family had been on the beach south of the Pismo Beach pier where she had lost her wedding ring. She had looked for it in vain, even took pictures of the area’s land marks with her cell phone so they could come back and search if they did not fine it that afternoon. When Trisha informed her father-in-law of her loss a light went off…he had remembered seeing my Isuzu trooper that I advertize “The Ring Finders” on while at the beach and gave her my number, that is how she found me and my services.

I explained to her there was no way I could go right then due to the 4th of July block party I was in charge of and on top of that Pismo Beach would be imposable to get on to that afternoon due to the big fireworks show Pismo shoots off the pier every 4th of July evening. There were traffic jams for miles in every direction on all the roads into and out of Pismo Beach, plus there would be no place to even park even if I could get there.  I try and stay away until the 5th then I hunt the beach for the lost treasures.

Trisha told me the general area where she thought the 1.3 ct diamond ring was lost and I knew there would be no one in that particular area hunting during the night. The 4th of July is a big deal for many of the local detectors who come out on that night and hunt around the pier area where the most people are located during the show. Pismo Beach has anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 people show up for their great fireworks show. Since Trisha had lost her ring more than a mile from the area of the most people I felt it would be safe for the night and that I would meet her and her husband Nate at 6 am the next morning to see if I could locate the lost ring.

It was a cool, wet, foggy morning as I pulled up to the arranged meeting area and donned my hunting gear, Trisha and Nate showed up right on time and after explaining how I work we set out. Walking down the stairs off the wooden boardwalk and on to the dry sand of the beach, Nate told me they had walked a few hundred yards up the beach north of the lifeguard station in the dry sand, then put up a sun shade for the day. Trisha explained she had not gone into the water and basically just walked to the area then back with one trip on the wet sand to the surf  in a straight line, but did not get her hands wet and had not been doing any strenuous activities like Frisbee that afternoon.  By mid afternoon they decide to leave the beach, it was when they had gotten back their car that Trisha discovered her wedding ring was missing, she immediately retraced her steps from the parking lot to the board walk to no avail, then back to the beach to search the area where they had been, taking pictures for later reference.

I started the search at the stairs while having them walk the same rout they had traveled to the area where they had been, I walked behind them, all the while searching. Once we matched up the picture to the exact area I had Nate mark out the perimeter of general area that they had been in, then I drew out a 3X larger area and started my grid search. About 15 minutes later I was seven steps from the center of the area Nate had marked and had a hit that screamed in my headphones, I knew that had to be it and yep a 1.3 round diamond solitaire in a fat platinum setting was sparkling in the bottom of my scoop. I yelled at Trisha with a smile on my face and while holding it up asked her if this was her ring….all she could do was cry and smile while shaking her head yes, I think Nate might have gotten a few grains of sand in his eyes too.

Chalk up another one for the “The Ring Finders”

1.3 ct. diamond Platinum setting recovered on Pismo Beach

1.3 ct. diamond Platinum setting recovered on Pismo Beach

Trisha & Nate

Trisha & Nate