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Best Affordable Metal Detector

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Cory’s Handsome Platinum Wedding Band Recovered After the Client Decided NOT to Buy a Metal Detector and Instead Hire a Member of the THE RING FINDERS!

A Happy Smile Filled With Relief Now That Cory Again Holds His Cherished “Symbol of Love” the Moment Metal Detectorist Brian Rudolph Found the Jewel and Returned it to His Baltimore, Maryland Client!

The best affordable metal detector does exist, but you are probably not expecting what I’m about to suggest that you invest in. A lot of people I know buy cheap Amazon knock off brand detectors and they end up being useless. Others purchase machines that are made by reputable companies such as Minelab, XP and Garrett. However, those detectors cost a pretty penny when all they really want to do is to find their missing ring or other piece of jewelry.

So what do I suggest? Don’t waste your money on buying any metal detector purchase or even laying down money on a rental. Check out the international metal detectorist directory called THE RING FINDERS and contact a local specialist near you to help you find the lost item (like a ring) that you are searching for. This decision will help you avoid wasting your hard earned money on something that you don’t know how to use and something that you will probably never use again.

Call Item Recovery Specialist Brian Rudolph at (301) 466-8644! He Will Find Your Lost Keepsake in Any Environment: Land, Water, Sand, Cliffs, Snow, Leaves, Houses & Vehicles!

Cory is the perfect example of someone who decided to not go the route of purchasing a metal detector. After losing his beloved platinum wedding band (which he wasn’t sure if it disappeared within or outside his Baltimore, Maryland house) Cory looked everywhere for the precious keepsake. Unfortunately, all of his efforts led to no avail. He could not find the ring anywhere. Even though he checked several rooms inside of his place, Cory was pretty sure that he must have lost it while gardening in the front yard.

Next, the desperate young man looked online to see what his options were in regards to buying a metal detector. He needed a quick resolution to his problem because he was moving from his residence in a matter of days. That’s why he was doing all of that gardening work outside. He was making things look presentable for the next owner. It was only after Cory realized that he knew nothing about using a metal detector that he decided to look at other options. Well, the only alternative to buying or renting a metal detector was to hire a professional metal detecting specialist! That’s when I came into the picture.

I received a call from Cory shortly after he found information online regarding THE RING FINDERS. The gentleman was quite excited to put his concern for finding the ring into the hands of a professional. As I shared above, he didn’t even know whether he lost it outside or possibly inside the house. To buy or rent a detector could have been a big waste of money and time for the Baltimore resident.

Cory told me that he had a hunch that the wedding band was somewhere in the front yard. It was only after several hours of searching under and around the front hedges where he had been gardening (without a metal detector) that he knew he needed greater assistance. I told him not to fear and that I, The Ring Hero would soon be there!

Later that night, I showed up with all of my finest quality metal detecting gear to help Cory recover his lost special piece of platinum. The average person who is not serious about metal detecting would never spend the kind of money on such technology that I have acquired. When hiring a ring finder, the client is not only obtaining the best equipment on the market, but he or she is also teaming up with an experienced metal detectorist who knows what signals and tones they are looking for to take them to the lost item. And that is exactly what I did for my client!

Even though it was night time and dark outside, I used my high lumens headlamp while I began to scan the area in the front yard where Cory had been doing the gardening and weeding. His neighbor walked outside of his front porch while having a smoke and watched me make magic! In less than 30 seconds or so, I got the perfect signal for a men’s platinum wedding band. Because I am so familiar with just the right target numbers for such a ring, I was almost 100% confident that I had already found Cory’s beloved sentimental symbol of love! I knelt down on the ground and pulled out my handheld metal detector that is used for pinpointing the exact spot where the larger metal detector picked up the signal. As I got it into position, the pinpointer sounded off and I knew precisely where the object rested below the blades of grass. Finally, I used my fingers to separate the plant life and there it was – Cory’s handsome platinum wedding band that his wife had placed upon his finger only a short time in the past! I was quite excited to show off my incredible results with my client just after he came back from being inside the house!

Both Cory and his neighbor were both blown away by my ability to quickly scan the area in question and effectively and successfully recover the young man’s most cherished materially possession! My client was beyond excited and extremely happy that he went in the direction of requesting my services rather than throwing lots of cash or credit down the drain! The young man got his ring back that night just prior to permanently leaving his house to move on to the next one. Just days later he would end up shutting the front door to his residence and turning the key with the very hand that once again held his priceless circle of love!

The lesson to learn: The best affordable detector you can acquire is the one owned by a professional metal detecting specialist who will do the work himself and save you all that unnecessary grief and expense which Cory was smart enough to avoid.


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Lost Promise Ring at Potomac Falls High School…Found 2 Years Later Near Sterling, Virginia

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Trinity’s Special Gold Plated Promise Ring Given to Her by High School Sweetheart Francisco Who Eventually Married the Blessed Young Lady! The Sentimental Keepsake was Eventually Found by THE RING FINDER’S Member Brian Rudolph 2 Years After it Went Missing!

Smiles Say Everything! Trinity Poses With Her Precious Promise Ring After Several Weeks of Relentless Searching by Ring Finder Brian Rudolph!

Brian Rudolph, Lost Item Recovery Specialist (Land, Water, Sand, Snow, Leaves, Houses & Vehicles) Will Find Your Lost Keepsake! Call ASAP (301) 466-8644!

This is a special ring story to share because it has to do with young love, drama, mystery, hope, adversity, perseverance and lastly…redemption! I received a text message at 12:55 am from a young lady named Trinity who was desirous of recovering her lost promise ring. This is what she texted: “Hello this is Trinity. I lost a ring about 2 years ago that I got from my husband (then boyfriend) when we had first started. My husband doesn’t want me to keep trying to find the ring. But every time I think of it I feel guilty I lost it and I grow to love it more and more. I’m aching to get it back. I know it’s been awhile. So it’s not high chances but I wanted to discuss details with you to see how bad you think it will be to find it.” When I woke up that morning I immediately responded: “Hello Trinity, Thank you for contacting me. I would love to help. When can we discuss the details of its disappearance?” We talked later that morning on the phone and here is the backstory regarding how the ring got lost and what Trinity did to try to find her special keepsake:

A couple of years earlier while Trinity was attending Potomac Falls High School in Cascades, Virginia (near Sterling), she fell in love with Francisco who gave her a gold plated promise ring. It meant everything to her. Four months after Trinity received the special jewel, tension befell the couple. Something majorly challenging happened between them. The young lady was so hurt that once the final school bell sounded throughout the halls, Trinity stormed out of the school building, made her way over to her car, took her promise ring off of her finger and while standing in the middle of the student parking lot, she threw the keepsake towards a wooded area. The heated girl believed she heard the ring hit the parking lot pavement or curb before it disappeared. She was hoping that the promise ring ended up in the woods rather than it ricocheting back onto the concrete where it eventually would be found by someone else. Trinity thought she may have heard the ring hit some leaves which gave her some hope that her “symbol of love” was still quite accessible. Though the young lady was quite angry, she still hoped that the ring had cleared the woods and that it didn’t end up where someone could pocket it.

A week or so later, when things cooled down between the couple, Trinity had feelings of regret for throwing the ring. She rented a metal detector and searched for six hours in the woods hoping to find her precious symbol of promise. Unfortunately, Trinity wasn’t able to find her ever so important “symbol of promise”. There were several obstacles that the young girl faced which made it nearly impossible for her to find what she was looking for. One, it was possible that the ring never made it into the woods and that someone had already picked it up off of the parking lot asphalt. Two, Trinity lacked experience with metal detecting. Three, there was tons of trash scattered on and beneath the leaves which made it extremely difficult for her to make any sense out of all of the beeps and bleeps she was hearing and seeing on her machine. Lastly, there was a large area of dense thorn bushes and bramble covering a significant portion of territory where the ring could have ended up, and so Trinity stayed away from that particular danger zone for obvious reasons.

On the brighter side of things, time marched on and the couple eventually got married after finishing high school. As the years progressed, Trinity felt guilty for throwing the promise ring and she thought about it quite often. Now that she was wearing her wedding band, she so desired to possess the entire love story represented partially by the promise ring that her once high school sweetheart Francisco had given her. It kept bothering her that she didn’t even have that special piece of jewelry for more than a third of that year. In addition to that, the guilt and regret kept eating her up inside.

Trinity eventually searched online for new ideas as to how she might be able to find her ring (if it was still somewhere out there). That’s when THE RING FINDERS website popped up. Trinity couldn’t wait until later that morning to contact me! That’s when she sent me that after midnight text message! As I indicated above, the two of us talked later that morning on the phone. Trinity shared with me that her husband was in doubt that the ring could ever be recovered and encouraged Trinity to move on. Yet, after reading many of my successful ring stories and testimonials from my happy clients, she felt very confident that if the ring was still out there, I was her guy to find it!

After talking with Trinity and asking her every question imaginable, I expressed to her that I was confident that there was a good chance we could recover this ring. During that conversation, there was no mention of the jewel hitting the pavement before she believed it made it to the woods. I would discover that vital part of the account upon meeting her at the search location. That would have concerned me from the start but it still would not have deterred me from trying to recover the item. The facts that made me feel good about my chances of success had to do with what Trinity shared with me:

One, she threw it towards the grass and the woods (I did not know about the trees and thorns until I arrived at the search site). Two, the ring was a small petite size of 4.5 or 4.75. I didn’t know that the ring was a very thick wedding band style type which therefore could have easily been eyeballed if it was out in public on the grassy area completely exposed. Three, when the ring was thrown, it was in the season of Fall which was positive because the ring could have ended up under some leaves and became camouflaged from being seen by anyone walking by. Also with the gold being the color yellow, it would blend nicely into the aged leaves settling onto the ground. Four, no one else specifically took notice of what had transpired when Trinity had thrown the ring, but others just knew that something bad had taken place between she and her boyfriend when the angry girl stormed across the parking lot. There were a few positive pieces of information to lean upon with this search and I looked forward to checking the site out as soon as Trinity would be back in touch with me.

Another day went by and I had not heard from my potential client so I texted Trinity once again: “Good morning Trinity, it was a pleasure talking with you the other day. Let me know if I can be of assistance to you in the recovery of your beloved promise ring. All the best and have a wonderful day! Brian Rudolph / The Ring Finders”. Trinity responded: “Oh yes please! I spoke to my husband… and he too is interested if you can find it!”

Another week went by and I didn’t hear anything else from Trinity and so I thought that maybe she decided to let the search idea go by the wayside. Then, out of the blue, a few days later I heard back from her! We then set up the search date and time to meet over at her old high school parking lot.

During my first trip out to Potomac Falls High School, it was pretty cold outside. I wore some heavy winter gear and met my client out by the parking lot near the place where she threw the ring nearly two years earlier. Trinity showed me where she was standing in the middle of the parking lot, approximately 30 feet or so away from the edge of the curb. Then, above the concrete the lawn began and it gradually dipped down to where the woods began. The young lady wasn’t sure exactly where the ring hit the asphalt but she believed it bounced off of the pavement somewhere and hoped that it landed in the woods. As I shared earlier, Trinity believed that she may have heard it settle onto some leaves or something. In the next couple of weeks following that first search attempt, I asked my client why she thought she heard the ring hit the leaves in the woods knowing how angry she was at the time. Most people would not have had such self control and sensitivity to be so attuned to her surroundings at such an emotional state. The young lady was pretty confident that at that time she wanted to make sure that the ring was not in public site.

When I got all of the details that I needed to start the search, I said a prayer with Trinity, asking the Lord to bless our time in seeking to recover the lost ring. Then, I gathered my gear and began the hunt. Trinity remained in her car where it was warm. She read her book as well as took interest with what I was doing from time to time. When I dug up a target I would hold it up and show her what I had found. There was so much trash that after awhile my client’s interest faded and she focused more on the pages in front of her than the many pull tabs, bottle caps, coins and much scrap pieces of various types of metal that I constantly unearthed and waved in her direction.

Every 20 to 30 seconds I was back down on the ground detecting another shallow signal that was just below the surface. As I moved leaves out of the way there would be various pieces of trash made primarily out of aluminum. I found aluminum foil, beer cans, soda cans, condom wrappers, marijuana joint wraps, aluminum wrappers, ketchup packets, other products made from aluminum foil that wrapped up food items at one time, a shotgun shell, and much more.

I would search for nearly three and a half hours that morning into early afternoon. At some point I needed to wrap up the search to get to my next client. I encouraged her that this was just all part of the process of elimination. Even though I didn’t find the ring, I could at least know where the ring was not. The question was whether or not the band had been seen by anyone else if it never reached the woods. I would not know that answer unless I continued forward the next time I returned.

I encouraged Trinity that we covered a lot of square footage and removed a tremendous amount of trash for one search visit. Before we parted, I showed her all of the sections that I searched and what areas I would scan on the next trip out. I told my client that I would leave all of the thorn bushes and bramble untouched until we concluded that the ring was nowhere else in the woods. At least I was able to conclude one thing – the ring was not on the grassy areas which covered approximately 7 feet in depth from the curb, down the small hill and out towards the woods. The grid I conducted was stretched 70 feet from left to right. When I would start back up again on my next search attempt, I would be tackling only sections of the ground that contained leaves, dirt and lots more trash. A few minutes after we both said our goodbyes and drove away from the high school parking lot, I texted Trinity: “Hang in there Trinity! We got this! We will definitely find it for you soon enough! As I said to you, I will text you later with my availability this week. All of the best to you on this Sunday!” She texted back: “Thank you! Have a good Sunday.”

The next day, I texted Trinity my schedule and let her know that I could make it out that Thursday. I shared with her that she could fully trust me if she was not able to be present for Part Two of the search. I said, “Even if you are not able to be there, I assure you that you can feel comfortable knowing that your beloved ring will be returned to you should I find it out there in the woods!” She texted back, “Yeah it’s all good, I trust you. Thursday I will be preoccupied but you can keep searching without me.” I responded, “Oh wonderful! Thank you Trinity! You can trust me 100%. I mean this when I say that I am the only one capable of finding your beloved promise ring due to the fact that I’m the only one with so much “OCD” (LOL) to go through the trash piece by piece in that amount of area. The ring could have bounced much farther if it ricocheted off of the curb. So I’m your best bet and I hope I can make a story out of this for us!” Trinity responded, “Yes that would be wonderful! Thank you.”

Thursday arrived and it was pouring rain outside as I drove to the search site. I decided to keep moving and not cancel just in case the rain would slow down. Thank goodness it did. From 9:30 am to 12:30 pm I continued the search, pulling out more trash and covering the wooded area that was most reasonable to search. I may have detected about 35 to 40 feet into the woods and stretching 70 feet from left to right. I used specialized grid tapes to organize the entire operation so not to miss a single square inch. I covered so much territory that when I was done, there was no other real estate left for me to search except for the wooded areas that were confined by a huge amount of bramble and thorn vines that stretched to nearly 8 to 10 feet in the air (Yes, you read it correctly! From the ground towards the sky it was approximately between 8 to 10 feet high) and stretched across for nearly 50 feet from left to right. There was literally an entire mini forest filled with long and windy thorn branches as sharp and dangerous as knives!

When I was done with the second search attempt, I sent a picture of all of the trash that I had found out in the woods and I let Trinity know that I still had not found her beloved promise ring. Later that day I again sent another text message letting her know that I would be planning to come out the following Monday: “Hi Trinity, I wanted to let you know I am planning to come out Monday to continue the search and I’m going to need to cut all of the thorn branches down in order for me to get into that area where that huge forest of thorns exists! I have an electric trimmer that should cut everything down. I will let you know what time I plan to be out there. I’m pretty sure Monday will work.” I did not hear back from her at all and I wondered if she had already started giving up hope that she would ever see her priceless promise ring ever again.

Unfortunately, when the next Monday came, the weather was not kind to me at all. I had to cancel the search and schedule my trip back to Virginia a couple of days later (which would be Wednesday). Again, sadly to say, it happened once more. The skies opened up and once again I was forced to postpone the continuation of the project. Just like with all of the other times, I texted Trinity and informed her that I would schedule my next trip to the site on the upcoming Monday for Part Three of the search.

It had been 11 days since I had last heard back from Trinity during our back and forth correspondence via text messaging. I still had not received any responses from Trinity which again made me more convinced that my client had given up all hope that her ring would ever be recovered. I concluded this when I didn’t hear from her anymore. Yet, as far as I was concerned, I was still determined to complete what I had started and continue to give it my all.

When the day finally came for me to resume the search and begin Part Three of the extremely tedious project, as always, I let my client know that I had arrived and was preparing for the search. I texted her: “Call me if you want to chat as I get my gear out. My first mission is to chop down all of that thick thorn activity.” Even after that correspondence I still did not hear back from Trinity.

I began my search with prayer as I did with the young lady on my first visit out. Then, it was time to use my lithium battery operated hedge trimmer to cut the first of many large sections of thorn bushes and coverings to gain further access into the woods and closer to the ground to be able to continue metal detecting for the little “symbol of promise”. The thorn bramble stalks were so thick that I had to literally push the already trimmed bundles out of the way with my cutting “war machine” arsenal because the thorns were so high off the ground and I needed to get the detector coil farther below the mess in order to obtain accurate signals. As I shared earlier in the story, the growth was something I had never seen before! The thorn branches extended from the ground straight up in the air and entangled its web around tree limbs that had to be at least 10 feet up from the earth! The overgrowth was so dense that there was even a bird’s nest built to perfection with a security system that made it nearly impossible for the rest of that natural environment to penetrate!

Once I finished cutting down a considerable section of enemy territory, I pushed, wacked, and carefully carried much of the bulk of bramble piles out of the detection zone so as to further my investigation. Next, I continued to metal detect until I would run out of real estate once again. During that long and laborious process, I scanned lots more trash under the leaves that rested below their protective bramble-made shield. Every 30 seconds or so I would pick up a new target signal, stop to investigate, unearth the target with my hand digger, deposit the trash into my bag, pick up my machine again and resume detecting some more. It was a start, stop, and then start-up all over again process!

After I cut down that first large section of thorns and eventually finished scanning every square inch of that portion of ground (all to come up with nothing of importance), I again found myself wielding the heavy green and black Ryobi hedge trimmer, attacking the enemy before me like a Rambo type mercenary in the deep dense forest! While I was doing all of that work, I heard some opposing thoughts that constantly whispered into my ear: ‘What if all of this tedious and tough labor is all for nothing?” What if the ring never even made it into the woods and I am cutting, digging and detecting for absolutely zero to be recovered?’ Regardless of those inner reality remarks of doubt, I pushed on and continued the search with great perseverance.

Once again, I picked up my metal detector and began to search all over the second cleared area where the ‘throne of thorns’ held much of that real estate hostage for years upon years. I sadly concluded that the ring was still nowhere to be found in that zone. With much resilience, I picked up the trimmer after taking a break and did yet another large section of cutting so that I could get even farther into the woods and search more area below. As soon as I cleared that third large section of territory, I knew that this would have to be my final area to investigate. There was just way too much overgrowth to continue any further. It was getting to that point where I could not see an end to all of the madness! The bramble was everywhere and weaved itself around everything! The thorn ‘hives’ and coverings stretched another 30 feet into the woods and even farther over to the left. I felt that what I had cleared up to that point was suffice in relationship to where the ring could have bounced and how far it would have potentially traveled after hitting the curb. This would be my final attempt to recover Trinity’s lost ring before having to call it quits. The thorn area that I cut in total was 30 feet wide, 15 feet deep into the woods and 7 feet in the air in every direction.

For the last time, I picked up my metal detector, placed my headphones on and continued playing the role of trash collector as I discovered more and more old cans, wrappers, bottles with metal tops and then some. Finally, after about two hours of searching and cutting, I got a signal which registered as an 8 and 9 indicator numbers on the detector screen. I had been getting those great signals the entire time out there because most of the targets ended up being little pieces of aluminum foil which mirrored that very range of numbers that I had been looking for. In all honesty, I didn’t think much of this particular target that was clearly buried beneath the ground. I was getting pretty tired at that point and every target that I was digging up would end up being the same disappointment – another similar piece of trash that I had already found in so many other places. Yet, I was forced to dig every single one of them up because I knew that the jewel would have to be slightly below the surface after nearly two years missing. My guess was that the ring buried itself to a depth of an inch or two at most. I dug up the target thinking it was just going to be yet another piece of trash. I took out my pinpointer and placed it down into the hole to isolate the exact spot where there object was positioned in the dirt. Once I zeroed in on the target, I continued to dig and then repeated the process by testing the hole with the handheld detector one more time. To my surprise, the metal object was no longer in the 4 to 5 inch pit that I had created. I then scanned the ground around the hole to see where the target ended up. Eventually, my pinpointer honed in on a particular clump of mud that contained whatever this mystery object happened to be. Almost immediately I saw just a tiny glimpse of something that looked gold in color, packed in dirt, and was completely surrounded by mud and portions of broken up leaves. My heart raced as I saw what appeared to be a gold ring with little stones going completely around the halo shaped object’s equator! I had found Trinity’s ring! I couldn’t believe it! I truly could not face the reality of what I was looking at!

The whole moment was completely surreal as I was not prepared for what had just transpired! Every trip I made, every task I took, every tool I used to bring me to this very spot was all worth the relentless efforts that I made! I continuously thanked the Lord for being there with me and guiding me through this entire journey until reaching this pinnacle of excitement and success! I was beyond moved by the moment and quite humbled by the fact that God allowed me to be the one to find the treasure and ultimately help this very kind young lady with recovering her precious “circle of love”! I was so happy that the sought after keepsake did in fact make it into the woods! All of my time talking and texting Trinity about the search, all of my commuting to the search site, all of my detecting, digging and demolition was not in vain! Everything I did was propelled based on a hope that the ring had in fact made it over the curb after hitting the asphalt! What a deep feeling of satisfaction I experienced out there in the woods with my knees to the ground!

As soon as I cleaned off the very pretty ring, I held it up in front of my eyes and I thought to myself, ‘To think that I am the first person to touch this ring since it was thrown by Trinity’s hand 2 years earlier. This was the very piece of jewelry that was bought by Francisco to represent his promise unto marriage one day, the same gift presented somewhere special as a surprise for the young man’s sweetheart and ultimately worn for several months before the unfortunate crisis took place with the couple.

The entire search that day was conducted from 2 pm until 4:30 pm. Before packing my things up, I measured the “crime scene” to see how many feet this little guy traveled, starting from the very spot where Trinity threw the keepsake and ending at its eventual resting place where I discovered the jewel. In total, it traveled 52 feet. Of that distance, it traveled approximately 17 feet into the woods surrounded by a forest of thorns and thistles!

Once I finished taking photos and video, I called Trinity to see if she could come out to the site so that I could share the big surprise with her in person. Unfortunately, she was not able to make it out to the high school due to her schedule. However, we eventually did a video conference call together and that’s when Trinity was absolutely blown away by the news of my discovery! She did not know that I had found the promise ring prior to setting up the phone call! When I finally did the ring reveal it was a moment that I will never forget! Trinity began to cry and the emotions of excitement and gratitude began to pour from within her heart and flow from her eyes! I could not have been happier for the newlywed bride! She couldn’t stop thanking me and asking me questions about where I ultimately found the irreplaceable gem! What a fantastic time that it was for me to share such an unexpected happy report! I never gave up and I kept on believing until the very end!

The story finally came to an encouraging conclusion when Trinity and I reunited back at her former high school for one last time so I could personally hand her the ring that she so desperately wanted back in her possession! I had the pleasure and joy to orient my client over to the hole where I found the ring buried, as well as showed the young lady all of the bramble that I had cut down to gain access into that last piece of real estate where I eventually found the keepsake! My client was amazed! That very sad chapter that took place two years earlier had finally come to an end. The memories of adversity experienced on that particular day in the parking lot were now replaced with smiles and celebration of redemption!

I was so excited to find this ring for Trinity! It definitely turned out to be a “legendary story” because nobody really knew for sure whether or not the ring ever made it into the woods, even though in the end Trinity was correct that she did in fact hear the jewel hit the leaves. Many of my clients believe they experienced one thing or another during the disappearance of their special item. However, sometimes in the end, we come to find out that the true reality of the situation paints a completely different picture once the search is completed. In this particular case, my client was not only correct about what had happened, but also Trinity did the courageous thing and hired a professional ring finder to attempt to solve this mystery. In the end, I was extremely proud to profess these two final words…“Case Closed”!


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Lost wedding ring found at the Torch lake sand bar with a metal detector

I received a text that Rickie had lost his wedding ring at the Torch lake sandbar playing catch on July 4th. The Torch lake sand bar is like being at a Nascar race for boats.

The Torch lake sand bar gets detected every day by multiple detectorist. For that reason, I wanted to get on this recovery asap. I loaded up and headed out to Torch lake and got on location about 8:00 pm on July 4th. It was a pretty interesting night. It was like being at a Nascar race with fireworks.

Rickie had text me his location he saved when he lost the ring. I used my Kayak to get out to the spot and started the search. I searched for a couple hours and had no luck. The spot was about 1/4 mile off shore on a sandbar off the main sand bar. At 10:30 pm Rickie sent me a picture he took off the boat he was on. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew the original location he sent me was no where near the spot the picture was taken. I know the shapes of the sandbars around the main sandbar just from experience detecting the area for the last 5 years. I could not do anything due to it being dark out so I returned Tuesday morning to continue the search. When I got home I blew up the picture and identified 4 spots on the picture to get a location off. 2 placed tree trunks line up with the side of house. 2 other spots tree branches line up the windows. Tuesday morning I took the kayak out to the spot the 4 marker in the picture line up. Unfortunately a boat was anchored right on the exact spot. I did not know how far Rickie got away from his boat so I ended up searching all around the anchored boat and had no luck. The boat ended up moving right after I was finishing up detecting around it. I moved into the area the boat was anchored and found the ring. This call ended up taking about 9 hours total to find the ring due to an extremely large area and being off shore.

Rickie was not it the area any more he had return home. His uncle ended up meeting me and getting the ring to get back to Rickie. Rickie is supposed to send me a picture when he gets the ring back.

Lost Gold Wedding Band…Found on Boonsboro, Maryland Lawn

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John’s 14 Karat Gold Wedding Band Back in View Again!

John Proudly Displays One of His Most Precious Possessions Recovered by Brian Rudolph


I got a call from a guy named John who said that he lost his ring while lawn mowing a few days earlier. He got off of the seat of the mower to brush off some of the grass cuttings that ended up on top of the mower. As he was flicking the clippings away from the machine, he felt his 14 karat yellow gold wedding band fly off of his finger.

John really didn’t think it was going to be a big deal finding his ring in the grass because he knew that it was in the vicinity of where he was cleaning the mower. He had not moved from that spot because the mower was stationary. So he searched and searched but he couldn’t find the ring anywhere. He then acquired a metal detector and he figured that he would be able to find his wedding band with no problem. That too became another unsuccessful attempt.

This whole ordeal became perplexing to John and so he went online to search the best way to find a missing ring on the lawn. THE RING FINDERS website popped up and within minutes, John located my information and called me up to seek my help.

On the phone, I listened to John’s account and I told him that I would have his ring back on his finger by the time I would leave his estate the following evening. He was quite encouraged but he had some doubts because he said that he tried everything to find this ring and it was as if it disappeared into thin air.

The next evening, I headed to Boonsboro, Maryland in order to help recover John’s lost keepsake. He had a very large estate! I believe it may have been five acres just in the front yard! However, according to John, we would not be metal detecting a large area since he remembered exactly where his lawn mower sat at the time that the ring went flying.

I remember how dark it was that evening because there were no street lights near his property. I put on my high lumens headlamp, greeted John who walked down to my car (which was at the end of a very long driveway) and then we moved our way over to the search site. John showed me where the lawn mower was when he flicked the grass cuttings off of the seat. I then asked him what direction he was moving his arm and hand at the time of the incident. He showed me exactly where he was placed and how his body moved forward in the direction facing the main lawn area. Also, I inquired as to where John was searching with the metal detector, even though he came up empty-handed. I wanted to get an idea of how far across the lawn he actually searched just in case he undershot his targeted area.

After I got the whole story from John and we covered all of the details as to what happened and where everything took place, I returned to my car to get all of my gear and then headed back to the location where I would be metal detecting. It was a good long walk across the perfectly manicured grass. My client returned to his house where he relaxed while I took care of the search.

I began my grid lines starting at the place where John parked his mower at the time of the “ring fling”. I moved across the lawn approximately 25 to 30 ft. When nothing came up on my machine, I started the next grid line, moving back towards where John’s mower was. Still, nothing appeared on my detector screen. I did another grid line across the grass and still there were no tones indicating that there was any lost jewelry out there.

A few times during my short search, I would encounter a few decent signals all to find out that I was picking up small pieces of aluminum which came from some beer cans that had been shredded by the lawn mower. I had gotten quite excited each time I hit an encouraging signal but when I looked down into the grass, there were just pieces of ‘can slaw’!

Finally, I decided to push my search a little bit beyond the footage that I initially gridded. It only took seconds before I hit a fantastic signal! I didn’t get too excited because of what I encountered earlier, but I was optimistic that I had found John’s lost wedding band. I knelt down on the grass and took my pinpointer to zero-in on the target. Just as the beeping sound could be heard from my handheld detector, I saw the most spectacular piece of shiny yellow gold popping through the blades of grass! I did in fact find John’s missing ring! It must have taken me less than three minutes to find his band from start to finish! John had not searched far enough onto the lawn. He was probably off by about 15 to 20 feet because he didn’t think that his ring flew that far across his front yard! This is very common for others as well when they are looking for their lost items!

I was thrilled to reveal my findings with John soon after I walked to his front door (which took longer to get to his front door than the entire time I was metal detecting on his lawn!). He had one big property! John couldn’t believe where I found his wedding band! I explained to him that this happens all the time! People just don’t look far enough because they just don’t think it’s possible for their ring to fly that far from where it came off the person’s finger!

It was a wonderful time celebrating with John out there on his beautiful green grass in the middle of the night! We both left the ‘scene of the crime’ with huge smiles on our faces! He was completely relieved to get his wedding band back! I kept my word to John…he did in fact have that ring back on his finger before re-entering his Boonsboro home that evening!

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Lost Family Heirloom Earring…Found 3 Days Later in Arnold, Maryland Parking Lot

  • from Washington (District of Columbia, United States)

Katheryne’s Sentimental Family Heirloom Earring Shining Brightly Once Again!

Katheryne’s Smile Tells the Story’s Happy Ending Perfectly as She Holds the Special Earring in Her Hands!


I received an email from a young lady named Katheryne who was deeply upset about a lost earring that was extremely sentimental to her, as well as for her mother. She found my information online just by complete coincidence while she was looking to see if anyone had reported finding her lost piece of jewelry. Katheryne read my profile and numerous successful item recovery stories on the highly popular and elite metal detecting service directory’s website called THE RING FINDERS. Since nothing turned up, she thought to give me a shot at finding the earring. Katheryne figured, ‘What was there to lose by trying him out?’

The recent high school graduate shared with me on the phone the background story connected with the priceless possession that disappeared and the theory of how the earring apparently got lost. Over 20 years ago, Katheryne’s aunt who lived in the Phillipines, gave a pair of 14 karat yellow gold hoop earrings to her sister (Katheryne’s mother) just prior to immigrating to the United States when they were very young. Then, sometime recently, the earrings were gifted to Katheryne which simply meant the world to her.

The young lady let her good friend Kim borrow the set of earrings when they went out with their families to celebrate their high school graduation and allowed for their parents to take some memorable posed photos at a few sites. From Katheryne’s house (where they did their hair, makeup and jewelry), the two families boarded her parent’s minivan and headed to their first photo shoot location – a grassy hill with a beautiful golf course in the background.

Once they all arrived at the first site (which was behind an apartment complex), the families got out of the vehicle, walked from the parking lot onto the grass which led between a couple of the public housing buildings and proceeded to take their celebratory memories on camera. Almost immediately afterwards, everyone returned to the van and headed for the next photo location.

Later that evening, after taking the pictures and partying the day away, Kim proceeded to take the earrings off to return them to her friend when they arrived back at Katheryne’s place. That was the moment when she noticed that one of the earrings was missing off of her ear.

Katheryne was disappointed and upset knowing how much this piece of jewelry meant to her and to the family. The house was searched from top to bottom, and so was the minivan that they were all in when they went to the various sites. Subsequently, Katheryne and Kim returned to each place where they traveled earlier, searched the parking lots, the lawns and everywhere else they stopped to celebrate the two graduate’s accomplishments. Sadly, nothing turned up. They weren’t sure where the earring may have gone missing. The only conclusion that Katheryne was able to come to was that the earring was either picked up by someone at that point or it could have ended up at any of the places they were at during the course of their day’s festivities.

Obviously the young lady’s mom was sad that the family heirloom was seemingly gone forever. Nobody really thought that there was a chance of recovering the earring at that point after looking for so long. However, Katheryne was determined to do all that she could to try to recover this priceless keepsake!

At the time of our initial phone call, I was with a client in Annandale, Virginia. After I wrapped things up at that particular location, Katheryne and I covered every detail imaginable so that I could attempt to solve this mystery and help recover the earring for the young lady. I asked her every question in the book until I got a clear picture of what we were dealing with. One such question was: “Do you have access to all of the photos that were taken along the way (from start to finish) so that we could analyze Kim’s ear to see when she was wearing the earring and when it was no longer on her ear?”

Katheryne’s Fantastic Intel Provided to Me!

Katheryne immediately sent me all of the photos that were taken of her friend and ones that were taken together at the various sites. Once I finished analyzing them, I was actually able to determine that Kim lost the earring sometime between the time she was at her friend’s house getting ready and the time that the families were just about to take photos at the first location! The reason that I was able to deduct this was because the first set of photos did not show Kim wearing both earrings at that moment! The photos clearly showed Kim wearing only one earring! Katheryne was so grateful for that bit of information because that greatly helped to isolate the possible locations as to where the earring fell from Kim’s face!

When I concluded my pre-investigative reporting, I felt comfortable that there was a chance (as slight as it might have been), that the earring could be recoverable. It dropped either at Katheryne’s house, on her front lawn, on her street pavement, in the minivan, in the parking lot at the apartment complex where they first stopped, or on the grassy area just prior to when the first set of pictures were taken.

Within a minute of us wrapping up our talk, I was in my car heading 55 miles from Annandale, Virginia all the way to Arnold, Maryland (near Annapolis) to help Katheryne with this very difficult search. Because my young client had just left town with her folks to go on their annual vacation, I did not have Katheryne around to orient me as to where the two families traveled and walked around. However, she did an extraordinary job of acquiring Google maps and diagrammed the exact place where her vehicle was parked at the first photo session site. In addition to that, she provided me with the address to her house where I could metal detect her lawn, as well as search the driveway and street. That wasn’t all! She also set up a conference call with her friend Kim, and we were all able to connect by phone so that we could go through all of the details together just to make sure that Katheryne wasn’t missing any other pertinent details that would help my search efforts.

After driving an hour and 15 minutes, I finally arrived at the first search site located at the apartment complex where the grassy hill overlooked the golf course in the back of the buildings. Before I took any of my gear out, I did a visual search around the parking lot area where the minivan had been parked several days earlier. I was able to identify the exact parking space based on the excellent intel that was provided to me by Katheryne. Unfortunately, I was unable to effectively inspect the targeted parking space and the adjacent ones to the left and right of it, because there were cars parked all along that section. However, from what I could see, there was no earring lying on the pavement. I did find a couple of coins and miscellaneous aluminum items but no jewelry was discovered.

Once the visual search was complete, I returned to the car and retrieved all of the necessary metal detecting equipment that I needed to conduct my search all around the grassy areas. I started my grid lines closest to the sidewalk which was parallel with the parking lot. I made sure that all of the real estate between the two apartment buildings was carefully searched and nothing of importance was discovered on the surface of the ground. I had tons of signals, but nothing significant enough to lead me to believe that I was hitting the lost hoop earring. Once I finished that center section that led to the backyard where the hill was located, I checked the map and photos that Katheryne sent me and I got a bearing on exactly where the families walked next. Everything matched up perfectly, which allowed me to accurately detect the ground where the young ladies walked and stood just prior to the first photo shoot.

Not only did I grid search that entire section where the families walked around and positioned themselves for the photos, but I covered the entire hill and down towards the bottom of the decline. Katheryne remembered that the two girls walked just a bit down the hill, but not far from where the photographs were taken. I wanted to make sure that there was no possibility that I missed even a foot of grassy area. By the time I completed that large area which leveled out at the bottom of the hill where the golf course fence could be seen, it was completely dark outside and I had expended three hours of search time at that point. I was 100% confident that the earring was not on the lawn anywhere between the two apartment buildings, as well as all of the ground area stretching to the back yard area that I had just finished searching. I resolved that my next step was to drive over to Katheryne’s house and metal detect her front lawn which Kim had walked across leading to the street where the minivan was parked.

Katheryne’s Keepsake Earring Still Lying Right Where it Was Several Days Earlier!

During the entire grid search, I gave updates to Katheryne and occasionally I called her to ask a question or two just to make sure that I covered every square inch of that grassy area. Once I gave my client the discouraging news report (which was that I finished searching the apartment complex property lawn and came up empty handed), I headed for the parking lot to load my gear up and then drive to Katheryne’s place. Just as I got to the foot of the parking lot pavement, I purposely decided to walk between two cars that were situated exactly where the minivan had been parked several days prior. I figured that I would look down at the pavement with my high lumen headlamp as I walked to my car, keeping my eyes focused down below just in case I had missed spotting the earring earlier when other cars were parked in those same spaces. I didn’t think much about it other than processing a quick thought that anything was possible (from personal past experiences), and that just maybe…yes, just maybe a miracle might take place. Well, to my greatest amazement, as my eyes were focused down on the black top, I locked in on a small yellow, gold colored circular object that appeared to be a piece of jewelry lying underneath the vehicle that was parked in the same space where the minivan had been parked three days prior. It was maybe resting 6 inches inside of the parking space’s white line under the car. My initial thought was that this particular find had to be too good to be true! Yet, I remained hopeful as I knelt down on the blacktop to carefully inspect what I had detected with my eyes. As I picked up the object, immediately I noticed that the item was in fact a 14 karat yellow gold hoop earring with the clasp still open! Yes, believe or not, I had found the lost family heirloom earring that belonged to Katheryne! I could not believe it myself! I actually found the earring and it had been on the parking lot pavement all that time! Nobody had discovered it throughout these past few days! None of the residents that came out to their cars or those driving into the space or adjacent spaces identified the earring, as well! Nor did Katheryne and the two families spot the priceless piece of jewelry when they returned to photo shoot location #1 looking for the missing item! It is stories like this one that perfectly illustrates why it’s so important to call a professional item recovery specialist from THE RING FINDER’S directory! We are not “your father’s metal detectorist”! Not at all! We are much better than that! We look outside the box and obsess over searching every possible place where we might find that which has been lost by our clients!

The moment that I discovered Katheryne’s lost earring, I made a call to her girlfriend Kim and let her know the amazing news! She was beyond excited at what I recovered out there in the parking lot! I told her that I wanted to surprise Katheryne with my discovery and yet I knew that we could not wait for her to return from her two week vacation. Therefore, we decided that I would drive over to Kim’s place and she would call Katheryne on her phone so we could get a video chat going. That’s when I would break the news of this marvelous recovery with Katheryne! I don’t recall if we were able to make the video conference call work successfully or not, but we definitely connected with her audibly. Katheryne could not believe what she heard when I surprised her with the good news! She was totally taken back when she learned that I had successfully recovered the 14 karat gold earring which had meant so much to her and her family! Kim also felt a huge sigh of relief because she felt so bad that the earring fell out of her ear during their time of celebration. It meant so much to me to hear both of them express their extreme gratitude regarding what I was able to accomplish for them!

I left Kim’s driveway with such a wonderful feeling inside, knowing that I immediately responded to Katheryne’s request for help and that I successfully deducted the sequence of events as to where I should begin the search. As a result, I found what Katheryne and Kim were so desperately looking for! I love what I do and I really enjoy the people that I do these searches for! Moments like these truly never get old! During the entire 60 mile drive home, I wore the happiest smile upon my face! And truly…and that countenance has not diminished a bit in the least each and every time I recall this most fantastic story!


Katheryne’s Testimonial:


“Brian, thank you so much for all of your help! My mother was extremely happy when I told her this morning that you found the earring, and I am so relieved that it is safe! Thank you so much, I truly appreciate your service! Thank you so much for the safe return of a family heirloom! When it was discovered that I had lost my mother’s gold hoop earring during graduation pictures, I was, needless to say, quite panicked. I knew that searching all of the grassy sites would be pointless, and was beginning to lose hope. I felt extraordinarily guilty when she told me that it was a precious gift from her sister in her youth. Sentimentally, those earrings were priceless to her. I knew I had to get it back, but didn’t know how. I mulled over my options, but none seemed plausible. Searching on foot proved fruitless. But then I found you – “The Ring Returner” after reading about you on the THE RING FINDER’S website! You were very proactive and had excellent timing. You went to the search for the earring the day I called you! You were meticulous and detailed in your search, as well as being extremely thorough and communicative and eventually…you found it! My mother was extremely joyful at its return, and now all is well…thanks to you! I am extremely grateful for someone who does an act so kind for complete strangers, and one can be sure to trust Brian for the safe return of their valuables. Thank you Brian so much!”



Arnold, Maryland


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Engagement Ring Lost 6 Hours after Purchase in Kaufman, Texas

  • from Dallas (Texas, United States)

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I received a call from an individual who said he had a problem.  He bought an engagement ring, made the proposal (she said Yes!!), a celebration party and accidentally lost the ring all in the same day!  He was beside himself and even went to the trouble of purchasing a metal detecting unit but was unsuccessful after hours of looking; 15 other individuals were trying to help but nope, no ring was recovered on that acre lot in Kaufman, Texas.   Looking on the internet brought him to our website and we scheduled a designated time to meet so we could use our 15-year expertise to do a search.  What began as ‘I hope it’s found’ turned to pure elation in about a 45 minute search with success.

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Mens Wedding band lost while doing Fall Cleanup in Elmhurst, Illinois Recovered

  • from Chicago (Illinois, United States)

While doing a fall cleanup in Elmhurst, Illinois a gentleman lost his wedding band which he had for34 years. Went in the backyard with him and found it in under 30 minutes. THANK YOU FALL CLEANUP!!

Lost pendant and cross recovered

After losing a pendant my father gave me thirty five years ago and a tiny cross in an English field of long grass whilst hiking, I never thought I’d see them again.   Then we found and got in touch with Constantine.  Constantine was fantastic – he changed his plans for last Sunday to come out to a field in the middle of nowhere to look for my jewellery and found these tiny objects in really really long grass!!
Throughout it all, Constantine was also really great to chat with, really supportive and extremely helpful, even picking me up from our B&B.  Really appreciated his help and would recommend him to anyone – thank you so much for all your help, Constantine!!

Lost rings found at North Avenue Beach Chicago

  • from Chicago (Illinois, United States)

Got a call at 8:30AM on Sunday, Fathers Day.
Woman was very upset that she lost both her wedding band and her engagement ring at North Ave Beach on Saturday. Took off her rings to put on lotion and forgot they were on her lap. She was leaving Chicago shortly on Sunday. Time was of the essence.  Didn’t want to break the news to her husband on Father’s Day that she lost both rings. Since they were white gold and I didn’t know how small they were, I decided to take the XP Deus and hunt in 18kHz. They had been searching the area 3 different times and lots of people had been trying to help her find them. I gridded off the area that she had been in. They were both down about 5 inches. Probably because people had been moving the sand around. Both rings came in at 45 in my ring program that Andy Sabisch helped me set up at his XP Deus Bootcamp. As you can see the wedding band was very thin, although covered in diamonds. Don’t think I would have found it if I had not been in 18kHz. Found it in less than 10 minutes.
The owner was in tears she was so relieved. She kept saying that I saved her. She was so excited to get the rings back on her hands that you can still see the sand on them!  It’s great to be able to help people. What a great hobby. Thanks Andy,thanks XP Deus team, thanks Ron Shore from Windy City Detector Sales and Rental, and special thanks to The Ringfinders Database so she could find me.