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Diamond Engagement Ring Lost for 10 Years Recovered in Novato, CA 94947

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

In 2003 she threw this ring into the street from her front yard but found it the next day. In 2004 she threw this ring into her back yard and forgot about it, the marriage was really over! I was called to assist in locating an entirely different engagement ring recently lost inside her home by her new Labrador puppy. I was unable to assist that recovery, no new clues after the owner had had the dog x-rayed, turned her house upside down several times and sifted every new puppy feces by hand. That ring has vanished in the house. carolyn shirlock large edited small But while sweeping the backyard dog run and plant beds, I unearthed this dirty little golden clod that cleaned up into this stunning .7 caret solitaire diamond, surrounded by swirls of smaller round cut, channel set diamonds in a heavy 14k setting. Undamaged and in perfect condition after ten years in the ground, the delighted owner was so amazed see this again! carolyn shirlock diamond ring cu small

There’s always a pleasant surprise around the corner when you call The Ring Finders!

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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

Diamond Engagement Ring Recovered in San Francisco Back Bay at Mill Valley Dog Park, Mill Valley, CA 94941

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-415-895-0334
Mill Valley,  CA –  San Francisco Bay
It’s Monday, July 15th, around 11AM and Susan is walking her dog along the top of Richardson Bay at the Mill Valley Dog Park. When some kids lose their soccer ball in the water, Susan, being a good hearted person, wades into the water to retrieve the ball, only to find herself knee deep in sticky black mud. Alarmed, she attempts to retreat, but loses her balance, sticks her left hand down to catch her fall, which sinks in up to her elbow. When she finally frees her left hand from the sucking black muck, she immediately sees that her engagement ring is gone! At that moment she recalled experiencing all those awful, sinking, devastating emotions that come with deep loss and disappointment; the kind that hit you right in the gut.
Super bummed out, Susan  called her fiancé, Brian, who came directly to the park in his work clothes. Then the two of them spend the rest of the afternoon wading around in the oozing black, San Francisco Back Bay mud, with the incoming tide up to their waists, feeling through the stinking dark muck with their hands and fingers, hoping beyond hope, for a miracle.
Happily someone at Brian’s office thought to check the web for a solution, and immediately found www.TheRingfinders.com.
First Brian called me, still in the water, shaken, mumbling incomplete sentences “Wife, ….. lost engagement ring, ….. dogpark, …… ocean, water, tide coming in, mud, deep mud, lost, … lost … ring … dogpark …”.
Susan called me a little later,  more lucid than Brain, but shaken, and I could hear in her voice that she was feeling pretty heartbroken. She and Brian are due to be married in two months and the sad thought of replacing the custom designed ring at this late stage, was almost overwhelming. She explained the circumstances. She had lost her ring at low tide chasing the kid’s soccer ball. We checked the tide tables only to find that the upcoming morning low tides, would only be getting higher for the rest of the week. We had to act fast. We agreed to meet the next morning, an hour before low tide, to resume the search.
We met at the dog park and Susan showed me the mud flats where she had lost her balance. The water was about 10 feet away. Smartly, she had a pretty good idea where she had put her left hand down. They had been digging there yesterday. I set up a 2×2 meter search grid and methodically scanned it with my Garrett AT Pro in both Pro Audi and Standard modes. The search conditions were about as poor as could be hoped for. Salt water mud is highly mineralized and constantly sets off the detector in the low 40-42 conductivity range, (which turns out to be same range as Susan’s platinum ring). All that mineralization caused a lot of false signals and interference, which made holding solid target signals very frustrating.
Susan, who had been encouraging me from the dry bank for about 45 minutes, wanted to do something and finally waded into the mud herself with a big bucket and a large piece of 1/4″ wire mesh. I thought that showed great pluck. We worked out a little system where I gave her buckets of promising muck to sift through. Pretty soon we settled into a little routine: family mud farming.
Low tide had been at 11:30 and the tide was just starting to come back in. I had been searching for about 2 hours and was feeling a little bit frustrated. I had searched my grid several times at 90 degree angles and still could not locate a strong, consistent metal signal. Susan was just coming back for another bucket black goo, when I looked down in the muck in front of me and spotted the shiny side of a small silver band. I must have brought it up to the surface with my last bucket of goo from the hole. I knew instantly that it was a ring, reached down, plucked the glinting circular band from the muck and sure enough, there was big fat diamond attached to it!
Susan was standing next to me waiting for her next bucket of muck. I handed the sparkling little glob to her and said, “Is this the one?” It was like a miracle had happened.
We were both amazed by our good fortune. Susan was beyond thrilled. Coated in sticky, stinky, black, back bay mud up to our pockets, we were oblivious to our ridiculous appearance as we traipsed back across the dog park to the great amusement of the gawking dog walkers. We took turns dipping in the bucket under the dog water faucet until we cleaned most of the heavily caked black clay mud off our legs and hands. But we were still pretty dirty!
And then I took Susan’s picture, with her just recovered custom platinum and diamond engagement ring, below.  Wow, happy ending!
Speaking as a jeweler, that’s a pretty sweet set diamonds she’s got! And that custom platinum setting must have cost Brian a bundle of cash. But the emotional value of recovering their engagement ring? Priceless. That made it well worth my efforts.
I have a very good feeling about this couple, they have luck on their side. I wish them every happiness.
Cheers, Marshall Smith

 

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Marshall, barefoot,  knee deep in muck, soon to be thigh deep. The ring was found in white circle.
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Susan’s ring fresh from the muck.
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 Great cut and color on Susan’s gorgeous brilliant cut round diamond.  Fine workmanship on the custom platinum setting.
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A very happy Susan after the return of her stunning diamond engagement ring!
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For more information about finding your lost ring or metal detecting in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, Burlingame,

Hillsborough, Redwood City, San Carlos, Pacifica, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Marin County,

Larkspur,  Stinson Beach, or anywhere the greater San Francisco Bay Area,

please call or text Marshall at 415-895-0334.

Two Lost Rings Found on Stinson Beach, Marin County

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Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Two lost rings found on Stinson Beach

Two lost rings found on Stinson Beach

Peggy and Norton were enjoying their annual vacation at Stinson Beach in Marin County. They were spending a beautiful day on the beach when Peggy put her wedding and engagement rings in her hat while she applied suntan lotion. A bit later, when she put the hat back on, the rings were flung into the deep, dry sand where they instantly disappeared.

We made it up a couple of days later. Peggy had carefully noted where she had been sitting when she lost the rings, so we had a good starting point. Eryn started searching and heard no tones at all, meaning the beach was very clean. After about two minutes, she heard her first tone, stuck her hand deep in the sand, and pulled up one ring. A foot away, another tone, and she found the other ring.

This was an easy search because Peggy knew exactly where she was sitting when she lost the rings. If you lose your rings, please look around and mark your location by landmarks like trees, light poles, rocks, or fences. If you can give us a reasonable area to search, you increase your chances of recovery significantly.

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Two Lost Rings Found in Sausalito

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Catherine with her parent's wedding rings

Cynthia with her parent’s wedding rings

Cynthia always wears her mother’s and father’s wedding rings, which are beautiful hand-made antiques from Chile. She was wearing them last weekend while gardening in her back yard. Unfortunately, when she flung some clippings over the fence, the rings flew off too. After searching fruitlessly for the rings, she searched the web for Metal Detector Rental and found TheRingFinders.

Cynthia lives on a hill in Sausalito, with a view of the marina from the back. Like many Marin County back yards, her back yard slopes steeply downward. The rings were most likely somewhere on that slope. The first thing we did was to repeat the accident with a “ring on a string,” another gold ring attached to a bright red ribbon so that it would be hard to lose. After five tosses, we could see that the ring consistently landed in a zone starting about 10 feet down the slope. That’s where I started searching.

The hill was covered with thick ivy. Unfortunately, the ivy also covered large rocks, tree stumps, and even some old terrace walls. These hidden obstructions created lots of hollows and crevices that could conceal the rings. I attached the small 6″ search coil to my metal detector, but some areas were so small that I still had to search many areas on hands and knees with a handheld detector.

After an hour on the slope, I had covered the entire target zone with no luck. Further down the hill, the slope was too steep to search. But I still hadn’t detected the area above the target zone, closer to the fence.

Within five minutes of starting to search the new area I pulled out the first ring. Six inches away I found the second one. Both were just eight feet from the fence. The rings were as beautiful as Cynthia had described them, and she was extremely happy to get them back.

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Lost Ring Found in Larkspur, Marin County

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Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost Wedding Ring Found in Larkspur

Lost Wedding Ring Found in Larkspur

Wayne contacted us a few days ago to say that his wife Rosie had lost her wedding ring while gardening. She’d been pulling weeds, amending the soil, and planting new plants when she discovered the ring was missing. This was strange, because the ring fit snugly on her finger, and had never come off before. They had tried using a metal detector, but couldn’t find the ring anywhere.

When we arrived, Rosie showed us the front garden plot. It wasn’t large, perhaps 30 feet by 2 feet. We were concerned about whether our larger metal detectors would work, because there were railroad ties forming the front border of the plot, and a wall along the back side, and both contained screws and other embedded iron fasteners.

So we started by scanning the plot quickly with a handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. We found about a dozen nails and sprinkler parts, but no ring. Now we knew the top layer of soil was mostly clear of metal, but we still had the screws along the front and back to contend with.

We scanned the bed again with a larger metal detector set to discriminate out, or ignore, most iron. This is a tricky process, because if you tell the detector to discriminate out too much iron, you will lose the ability to find smaller gold targets like rings. But we had to be able to ignore those pesky screws.

It worked. About 5-6 inches deep in the soil, buried under one of the new plants, we found the ring. It’s a beauty, inset with black diamonds, one of the most unique rings we’ve recovered. Rosie was very happy to get it back.

If you lose your ring, necklace, earring or other jewelry in the San Francisco Bay area, give us a call. We cover Marin County, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and the East Bay. If you read some of the other stories in our blog, you’ll see that we can detect jewelry buried deeply in sand, mud, and soil.

Gold & Black Diamond Wedding Ring
Gold & Black Diamond Wedding Ring

Found: Lost Platinum Wedding Band in Mill Valley

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost Platinum Wedding Band Found in Mill Valley Front Yard

Lost Platinum Wedding Band Found in Mill Valley Front Yard

Last week we were contacted about a missing platinum wedding ring at a home in Mill Valley. The house sits on a small flat yard above a steep slope down to the street, with amazing views of San Francisco Bay and Sausalito. The downside is, it’s a long walk up the stairs from the street for everyone, including the owners. But what a view!

The owner had been using his Weed Whacker to clear brush on the slope when he hit a subterranean wasp nest. Next thing he knows, he’s covered with wasps. After stomping, whacking and wiping wasps off his legs while running back up to the house, he discovered his wedding ring was missing.

Ring Finders to the rescue! Two searchers with two metal detectors started by hunting for about ten minutes on the flat grass at the top, then moved down to search the hill. After another twenty minutes, it started to rain… After searching for an hour on the hill, we were about to pack it in and wait for better weather. But we decided to try once more on the flat yard back up near the house, and found the ring!

Missing platinum ring found at Mill Valley home

Here’s what the owner had to say:

“Still can’t really believe it” is all that can be said. Like the Postman, The Ring Finders worked through the inclement weather, on the side of a steep hill, under and around sticker bushes, all with the goal of locating our cherished wedding band. Little did we realize that their fundamental task was applying the expertise from their craft to truly help others, both in their efforts to find our lost ring, but then going the extra step of donating a portion of any reward to a worthy and charitable cause. We doubly thank Dave for his time and energies devoted to searching for, and ultimately locating, our ring. We could not have done it without them … we tried. Their don’t give up attitude was infectious to be around, and hopefully makes us all consider how to utilize our talents and time to help others. Thank you.