This is definitely one of the best Ring finder “Live Video” returns of the year.
One of the most difficult things to find are lost earrings with metal detectors! It takes a very specific detector and a lot of experience to locate such a finite piece of metal. The following story and amazing “Live Video Return” of the 1.5 Karat, near flawless Diamond earring is truly amazing! Finding this beautiful stone is a great example our commitment, persistence and experience here at Ringfinders!
I received a call from a woman who lost a very expensive diamond earring in the woods at a high end golf course just north of Toronto. Apparently while golfing she lost her ball in a small wooded area between 2 Fairways. The area was thick brush with a lot of branches and fall leaves on the ground . After the woman recovered the ball she remembered a branch grazing the side of her face on the way out. Once at her golf cart she noticed that one on the earrings that had been on her ear for over 20 years was gone!
The beautiful diamond was an anniversary gift from her beloved husband. Understandably she became frantic and went back into the woods on her hands and knees but could not find the beautiful stone. She notified the golf course and over a two-week period many of the Golf Course staff searched the wooded area for the earring. Trees were pruned, dead branches were cut and many individuals scoured the area for the earring with no avail!
After sometimes she decided to hire another detectorist to come out and look. Unfortunately after 2 days of thoroughly gridding the area it was not located. At this point she gave me a call!
Along with having a very extensive repertoire of metal detecting equipment I am fortunate enough to be on the test team for one of the largest metal detecting companies in the world. Being on their test team allows me to have metal detectors that other ring finders and detectorists do not have and in the situation it greatly helped! Along with my extensive knowledge on finding very small pieces of metal and the right machine, I was extremely fortunate that day.
After arriving to the wooded area the woman told me the story. By this time she was completely exhausted and had given up all hope on finding the earring! I had told her this is only a matter of time and patience and I was quite sure that I would be able to find the earring for her. Unfortunately her face did not have as much confidence as I was hoping for and understandably. I started gridding the area with another detector but by this time the area looked literally like a minefield . Unfortunately no luck so I started testing the other ear ring that she still had on with my detectors. I finally found a prototype detector with a very specific setting I made heard it perfectly. At that point I literally walked over to the area where “I ” believed it had fell off and on the second swing got the beautiful signal I was expecting!
The following “Live Return” video shows the entire event and is one of the proudest moments of the year for me.
Early last month I was contacted by Rodney. I was able to help him recover his lost wedding band back in 2014. Unfortunately he was in need of my assistance once again. He had lost the same ring except this time it was lost in a different area and under different circumstances. The good news is we were once again successful in locating it! I’ll let Rodney tell you the story in his own words…..
It was a cold evening in December and I was attending a holiday party with family and friends. I stepped outside to assist the host with some bags and in the process my wedding ring fell off into the snow in his front lawn. I searched with flashlights that evening but was unable to locate the ring. The next day I assumed we would have better luck and returned to my friend’s house to search for the ring as we knew it was in a very small area in the front lawn. We crawled around the area digging and clawing for hours at the ground but were unsuccessful so I knew it was time to call in the experts. I had used Jim’s service a few years back and was confident that if he could come out he would be able to locate the ring. I reached out to Jim and we agreed to meet at the location a few days later. When we arrived I explained the situation and the area where the ring was lost. Jim got his metal detector out to begin to search. Within a few minutes he was able to locate the ring within the area I showed him. I am so thankful for Jim and his ability to assist with locating lost items.
Mike Hall called me on a Saturday night. He was pretty frantic; the previous evening he was eating at a restaurant in north Malibu by Zuma Beach and playing with his son after dinner in the sand, and his wedding band came flying off. It was dark out, so they did a quick search, but came up empty handed. I moved some plans around and met him out there the next day, Sunday evening, after traffic died down. It still took about two & a half hours to make the 80 mile drive. I got there, and Mike and his family were nice enough to save a parking spot for me right next to the sand. I asked him to try his best to remember exactly where he was in the sand when he was playing with his son, in relation to the parking lot, trash cans, and surrounding in general. I took out my Whites Duo Field Pulse machine and started to grid the area. I was finding many trash targets like small nails and bottle caps, but after more guidance from Mike and his son, I was able to narrow down the search pattern to a strip at the back of the beach just parallel to the cars. It wasn’t long before I heard a loud repeatable signal that sounded promising. One scoop, and there was Mike’s ring. He was elated and the whole family was jumping for joy. He then shared the story of the significance of the ring’s history. The ring had been passed down for generations, from his great-grandfather, down to him. What really touched my heart, was that his young son who was there, asked his dad, “How can I get married someday, dad, if the ring isn’t there to be passed down to me?”
Dec.23 was our Christmas day with our Grandson and we were having a spectacular day playing with all the toys and watching how excited this little 4 1/2 year old was, it really really melted our hearts! Around 1 PM I received a phone call from a young lady who said that she needed my help finding a lost diamond engagement ring in the snow.
She went on to tell me that they were taking pictures of her engagement ring in the park and it fell into the snow and they couldn’t find it. Her fiancé bought a metal detector and search for approximately 3 hours with no luck. She went online and found TheRingFinders.com and contacted me to see if I was able to help.
I was already booked to go to Pemberton for a search but called and postponed that search till the next day…Good thing I did, because they found their ring in the house and not the yard were they thought they lost the ring.(saved me 6 hours of drive time there and back) I asked my grandson if it was okay that papa could go out and help find a lost ring for a young lady, he said it’s okay Papa you go find the ring.( He wanted to stay home and play with all his toys) I jumped in my car and in 40 minutes I had arrived and met the young lady in the parking lot and we went for 10 minute walk through a beautiful forest to where they had lost the ring.
I got to the location where I met her fiancé and we discuss the search, it took about 20 minutes and I found a beautiful diamond ring!
The young lady went back to her car to get something so we packed up and headed towards the car, we met her halfway in the trail. I had asked her fiancé if we could pretend we didn’t find the ring and that we were going back to my car to get batteries for my metal detector.
Then we surprised her with the ring! She was so relieved! I have the greatest job in the world I get to make people smile.
If you’ve lost something and needed it found please contact a member of TheRingFinders.com
Recently I got a call. “Do you hunt for lost rings with your daughter? You round my ring for me a few years ago…I lost it again.”
Way back in 2010, Vince lost his wedding ring in a park. My daughter and I found it for him. It was one of our first recoveries for TheRingFinders, so we remember it well. Click here to read that story.
This time, Vince was playing a ball game with his three sons on the trampoline in their back yard. While he was bouncing up and down, he reached down for the ball and gave it a hard throw. To his dismay, he watched his ring fly off his finger. They searched for hours, but couldn’t find it.
I made two trips over to Vince’s house. We searched his yard, under the trampoline, and his neighbor’s yard (across the fence to the left of the photo below. But no ring. There was only one possibility left: The ring had flown backwards, over the fence behind his head, into a different neighbor’s yard. That neighbor wasn’t home, but Vince said he would contact him as soon as possible.
The next day, Vince sent me an email with a photo of his ring. It had been sitting on top of the grass in that neighbor’s yard. This time Vince is going to get the ring resized!
Here in the San Francisco Bay area, we all go through a routine in November: clean your gutters and prepare for rain, because the next few months are likely to get wet. Eddie cleaned his gutters on Friday, scooping out leaves and debris from each section, then moving the ladder and doing it again. He was almost done when he noticed that his wedding ring was missing. This happens a lot: your hand gets cold and wet, and the ring slips right off your hand.
Eddie searched for a couple of hours but couldn’t find the ring. He knew he was wearing it when he started the job, so he bought a metal detector and tried using that. Unfortunately, with the stress of losing your wedding ring, it can be pretty hard to learn how to use a metal detector! So he called TheRingFinders.
I made it over to Eddie’s house on Sunday morning. He showed me everywhere he had worked on the gutters, and was very confident that the ring had been on his finger when he started. So I started searching. The only thing that slowed me down was the hedges and plants: they were pretty thick along one side of the house. We even thought we got a signal from the top of a thick hedge where Eddie had thrown a pile of leaves, but that turned out to be a dead end.
Eddie and his wife Margaret gave up hope after a couple of hours, but I kept hunting. There was one section of planter bed that we had skipped because it required searching on my hands and knees with a small, handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. It only took a couple of minutes in that bed before the pinpointer started beeping like mad. There, against the concrete and covered by mulch, was the ring.
Got a call this morning telling me a engagement ring given 50yrs ago was lost in a yard, but it was lost in June. This was a concern knowing now it would not be a surface find anymore but have to give it a shot, I planned on being there most of the morning.
I was quite surprised when my very first signal was about 2 inches deep and pulled out this beautiful platinum wedding ring, not to mention how surprised the husband was.
Received a call saying that their 4 year old son through a jewelry tray out a second story window, they were able to find everything except for a platinum wedding ring, No more than 5min into searching I hit it. Love a happy ending.
While prepping for Hurricane Irma, this lovely gal lost her ring in the yard while shaking out a rug. After the hurricane passed and unsuccessful attempts to locate the ring herself, she decided to search the internet for an alternative way to find her ring. That’s when she discovered The Ring Finders website and our contact information.
After contacting us, we arrived at her home later that afternoon. Within a few minutes, we were able to locate her beautiful ring and she was able to rest easy knowing it was back on her finger where it belongs!
Earlier this week, Dave was creating a new landscape in front of his San Jose home. He cleared the yard, dug holes, planted bushes and spread Gorilla Hair mulch to cover the whole front yard. Then he installed landscape lighting and a drip irrigation system. When he was all done the yard looked great! Unfortunately he realized as he was cleaning up that his platinum wedding ring was missing. Having been married only a few months, Dave and his wife were understandably upset.
Dave’s wife Mizuho contacted me Tuesday, then Dave and I spoke on Wednesday. Based on all the details he had, and how confident he was that the ring had come off while he was working, I told him that there was a very high likliehood I could find his ring.
I made it out to their home this morning. Dave felt strongly that he lost the ring somewhere in the main section of the front yard, but there was a possibility it could have come off in several other places. We decided to start the search in the front yard where he had spent the most time. Unlike some properties, the yard was fairly clean of metallic objects. In the first couple of minutes I found only one nail and one mystery target too deep to be the lost ring.
Then after only about four or five minutes of searching, a nice strong tone rang out of my metal detector. The ring was there, completely hidden under the Gorilla Hair. Dave grabbed Mizuho, there was much rejoicing and even some discussion about how to keep his new wedding ring on Dave’s hand. My best advice? Never wear precious jewelry while working, at the beach or on vacation!