Received a call from Dan and Debbie of Toronto, as they were attending a Family gathering on Whitestone Lake, Municipality of Whitestone in the District of Parry Sound, Ontario.
Met up with Dan and Debbie and we headed up early on a beautiful Saturday morning!
Dan had jumped into the lake and realized his platinum wedding band was not on his finger! Brother-in-law Tony, had lost pliers off his dock four years ago!
I mentioned to Debbie and Dan that this will not take long and probably will be under five minutes!
I used my top underwater metal detector the Minelab ‘Excalibur2’ alongside my floating battery operated hooka system called the Dive BLU3 ‘Nemo’.
With-in 4 minutes I had an old ‘Lucky Strike’ fishing lure and Dan’s chunky platinum wedding band! I also explored a bit and pulled up a fishing rod, more lures, a titanium sinker and trash! Always like to leave the environment cleaner than when I arrived!
We also drove down the road to help the Deputy mayor Joe Lamb find a property marker in 5 minutes after he had been looking for it for six hours! Thank you for the boat ride Mr. Lamb.We all thoroughly enjoyed it.
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A very happy couple to receive back anextremely sentimental wedding band! Tony was also happy to receive his pliers back!
This adventure is my 100th recovery for The Ring Finders directory! I am honoured to be entrusted to have help Laura to recover her beautiful heirloom ring from her late Nona.
Here’s Laura’s words;
I was up in Huntsville for the weekend and we had decided to head into town to grab some lunch near the water before we headed home for the day. We chose to sit on the outdoor patio that is over the water. When waiting for our food I began pulling at my rings and putting them back on my fingers (I always do out of nervous habit). Of course my inherited ring slipped off my finger and right through the gaps in the wood patio we were sitting on. When shining my flashlight through to gage if I was able to see the ring at all, all I saw was water underneath. I was told mistakes happen and things like this happen – and was also told there was no way at getting under the patio whatsoever. I was absolutely devastated and was convinced I’d lost it in this water forever.
The next day a friend of mine (my saviour literally) had the brilliant idea to post on Facebook just to see if anyone had suggestions – and this is when we met the amazing Alison. I got in touch with her and learned about the ring finders and the incredible things she had done for people in situations similar to mine. A few days later she made her way down to Hunstville with her hookah dive gear and metal detector and she found my ring!!!!! I am still in disbelief. I am forever grateful and so appreciative. Alison is really and truly an angel on earth!
What lovely worlds!
Here is the wonderful video of this sentimental ring recovery;
Thank you Laura for your very kind words and your generous donation! Also to your employer who will be matching the donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation! I LOVE MY HOBBY!
Stephen was up visited a close friend for a weekend of fun, fishing and tubing at Whitestone Lake, Dunchurch, Parry Sound District of The Muskoka Lakes, Ontario.
The guys came back from tubing, sat in some dock chairs to relax. Stephen had taken off his very special communion cross and Greek anchor chain given to him by his Grandparents and put it on the dock chair. He forgot about it, picked up his tee shirt and watched the cross and chain fall through the dock boards into the water below.
They tried to locate the cross and chain in the murky waters below but had no luck. Stephen called upon my services to help the next day.
I had a three hour drive, we set up the DIVE BLU3 Nemo hookah system which has a lithium battery and 10’ hose and with an underwater pin pointer we were all set!
After 35 minutes of clearing all the metal objects I finally recovered Stephen’s cross and chain!
Check out the underwater video and the surprise recovery to Stephen!
His sentimental cross and chain meant the world to him and he was grateful to revive it back with TheRingFinders help!
Thank you Stephen for your donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation!
I received a text from a manager of a recreation complex that he was cleaning the snow off his car knocked his hand on something. Next thing he noticed his 2 month old cobalt wedding ring was missing!
I new right away that it was a colleague at my work place! I messaged him back if he was a COB employee 😂 after that exchanged he called me and we had a bit of a laugh over it!
I met him bright and early the next day. Unfortunately, the area still had snow and ice but the worse was that the area was rebar encased concrete parking pad/walking area. I had my work cut out for me. Gave it 4 1/2 hours, I lowered my sensitivity to 2 but only had my 15” coil with me. I called it quits and decided to go back the following day on my lunch hours.
Well, 4 minutes into my 2nd attempt with my small coil and decided to check the snow piles / iced areas that were still present. I had a solid 9/10!! As I kicked the snow away, out popped the iced up shinny cobalt wedding band!!! WHAHOOOO!!
Now to surprise Antony!!!
As I was heading back into the building to surprise Antony… he walked out to check on the status. I pretended that an emergency call came in for a street light pole down. Then I pulled out his beautiful shinny cobalt wedding band!! His reaction was priceless!! Antony was so grateful to receive his 2 month old wedding band back. He was dreading telling his telling his Wife!
Check out my YouTube video for this recovery;
Thank you Antony for your donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation as I don’t take the reward for finding the lost item! Instead, I have the clients pay-it-forward with a donation! He receives a tax receipt.
I will be riding a snowmobile in honour of his dear Friend Rachel who passed away from breast cancer far too young!
BREAST CANCER DISCRIMINATES NO ONE!! Early diagnosis saves lives!
I received a text from a fellow Ring Finder Stephane (Brighten, ON) on Christmas Eve for a lost wedding band in the snow up in Owen Sound which was a close Friends Nephew’s wedding band.
I received the particulars and was on the phone in minutes with Brandon. He and his Wife Lara where visiting Family in Owen Sound. They all went to a local park to go sledding with Lara’s Brothers Children. One of the young girls wanted to go throw snowballs. So Brandon moved over to the corner of the baseball diamond outfield and they were practicing throwing at two old pieces of wood from a tree.
I advised I would head up first thing Christmas morning as I had no plans. Brandon sent an aerial photo marked up with the areas he parked, sledded, played and where the snowball throwing took place. My gut feeling was to start at the 4th area of snowball throwing took place. He too felt that it was the likely area his wedding band fell off.
Now this isn’t just any old normal wedding band! It’s a custom created “MOKUME GANE” (mow-koo-may gone-ay) by Anne Wolf in Sam Diego, USA! (www.annevillestudio.com) ‘Mokume Gane’ is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique developed in Japan by MASTER Swordsmiths. The words ‘Mokume Gane’ translates to ‘woodgrain metal’. Each ring is crafted with its own unique individual pattern. Anne’s creations are a labour intensive process (twist, hammer, and file the billet) to create it’s own individual pattern which the form solder, carefully hand-filed, then sanding the ring to perfection. The metals used in Brandon’s created Mokume Gane WYS etched wedding band was 14k palladium white gold, 18k yellow gold along with sterling silver! What a fascinating beautifully created wedding band!
I arrived 9:17am Christmas morning and I was surprised the rain overnight melted most of the snow. I proceeded down to the area of snowball throwing. Started my grid search and 1 minuted and 20 seconds later I pulled his beautiful wedding band just under the grass. It was not visible to the eye as I definitely have hawk eyes wherever I go!
Here’s the video of the wonderful Christmas morning special wedding ring recovery and surprise!
I proceeded to deliver Brandon’s 4 month old wedding band in person to the Family’s location 10 minutes away! They said is was a wonderful Christmas gift!
Thank you so very much Brandon and Lara for the generous donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation in which they’ve received a tax receipt! It’s part of my ‘pay-it-forward’ campaign as I don’t accept the reward of finding the lost item! I use my passion for metal/scuba dive detecting to raise charity donations for the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation! I’m in my 13th year volunteering alongside 80+ pink Sista’s!! My pink Family is amazing! Thank you
Yolanda from Hamilton was on a day out swimming with Friends at a very lovely private swimming pond in Hockley Valley, Mono in the gorgeous Dufferin County area!
Yolanda was recently given a white/yellow gold ring with a center sapphire surrounded by diamonds custom made from her Brother just 3 weeks prior. There is a huge sentimental reason she was extremely upset at accidentally losing this beautiful ring!
I was advised it was a sandy bottom over 10’ depth. It was certainly not a sandy bottom as the bottom was covered in a white dry type weed vegetation which was 2’ to 4’ high. There was incredible fish in the pond as my Minelab Excalibur2 underwater metal detector always seems to draw in the fish to investigate me ☺️ I love It! I was also not able to use my underwater circular gridding tool as it seemed the bottom underneath was concrete.
After 20 minutes, I circled back to ask Yolanda to walk around the pond for a different perspective to give me a closer location to where the ring came off. I headed back out and within 5 minutes, I luckily heard that wonderful tone on the Excalibur2! BINGO! Then the SURPRISE!!
Check out the video of this ring recovery;
It’s a shame that this individual did not make a reasonable donation the the KSBCF charity. Lots of excises. I forgive you. Someone else stepped up to the plate and made-it-right! As his Sister is a breast cancer survivor. I was at a loss for words of his incredible gesture.
My “pay-It-forward” campaign Is my reward. Clients are to donate between 10-20% of the value of the item or more if they choose. They in-turn receive a tax receipt! Forgiven and forgotten! ONTO THE NEXT!
Angela was out completing farm duties on a beautiful day in a lovely area of Caledon in the quaint village of Belfountain.
Angela and her good Friend Sarah are both horse owners and I’ve know them for a while now. They were loading the horses and the donkeys during the into a trailer throughout the day to head off to their winter digs. Eddie the donkey was not wanting any part of getting on the trailer and had to go for a walk-a-bout with Angela to relax.
Later that day, Angela realized one of her her diamond earrings was missing. Sarah immediately called me for help as she knew I was a metal detectorista and a proud member of the global organization called TheRingFindersDotCom. I had helped another one of Sarah’s Friends successfully recover and return two stainless steel throwing knives lost on his property!
I proceeded immediately after work to Angela’s home and discussed her path throughout the day on her farm. I was in for the very difficult task because any lost small earring or small linked chain is extremely hard to find with a metal detector because there is so little material. It is absolutely a needle in the haystack! I did however call upon a Minelab metal Detexperts and fellow RingFinders Laurie and Eric for advise on my metal detector settings! Park 2 mode and 40 hertz! BINGO! I was able to detect the other earring in Angela’s possession!!! I had hope!
First evening I attempted to check around to south end of the small barn and then looked inside were some equipment was. The evening turned dss asap and cold. My headlamp was helpful but Angela invited me in for a hot drink and dinner! We called it a night! She really felt there was no luck to find it.
On the second day in the late afternoon I proceeded to check in the chicken coop area then the other half of the small barn. I then proceeded continuing my grid search pattern into the laneway where they were loading of the horses and donkeys took place.
Within 20 minutes I had a strong tone and I was completely shocked and amazed that I spotted under a half inch of dirt the beautiful diamond earring was there. I truly was in disbelief as I knew this task was a tremendous challenge.
Angela since returned and was awaiting her husband Ariel to come home. I didn’t let on to Angel that I found the earring and was now looking for the earring screw back!
I was trying to think of ways on how to surprise her and her husband! I then was invited in to warm up as well the offer of another lovely dinner. I then asked Angela to do a starting video for the RingFinders blog for good luck and finally this was the golden opportunity to recorder the surprise!!
NAILED IT!! And check out my YouTube video!!
I have a “Pay-it-forward” program for recovering and returning clients item(s)! I usually have a reasonable call out fee which I waived. The reward for finding the clients item instead of me receiving a reward, is my request for the client to make an immediate donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation!! The client then receives a tax receipt for the donation! We ALL WIN!!
I was absolutely HUMBLED with Angela’s incredible OVER-THE-TOP donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation!! Angela is my top donator in the 13 years of my participation and charity fundraising for the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation!!! I was completely humbled and felt my services were truly appreciated!! This is by far my best fundraising year for this incredible foundation!!
I can’t thank you enough Angel and Arial for your incredible donation!!! It was truly my extreme pleasure to help great Friends out!!
Blayne & his Wife were vacationing with extended Family at the lovely rustic Colin S Farmer Cottages in Perth, Ontario. The cottages are located on the south west end of Otty Lake.
Blayne was swimming between the land dock and floating dock and noticed his 10k white gold wedding band was missing. He searched for 20 minutes but it was getting dark. The next day Blayne, his Wife and her Family took turns searching for 4-5 hours with no luck.
The cottages owner Kyla had seen a recent Facebook post on the Otty Lake Association page that I was heading down to Otty Lake to search for another recently lost wedding band and a pair of expensive reading glasses. Kyla reached out to me for more information. She contacted Blayne about my services and he was in touch with me immediately!
I was lucky enough to group all three searches together in one day and have three successful recoveries!
I geared up with my Minelab Excalibur2 underwater metal detector and my DIVE BLU3 NEMO portable battery operating hookah system! Blayne provided a Google Earth image and circled the area he thought his lost his wedding band. I went out from land to the dock. I came back around searching in and out of the weeds. I had a few signals finding a pop can pull tab, a stainless steal nut, a lead sinker, swim mask and then the golden tone of the day… Blayne’s wedding band!! WHAHOOOO!
Check out the video;
I contacted Blayne with a surprise phone call to give him the news. He was so happy of the news! I subsequently met up with his best man Andrew! Small world… Andrew and I both work for The City of Brampton! He for Transit and I for Works & Transportation. Andrew was thrilled to received Blayne’s wedding band for the return!!
I can’t thank Blayne enough for his very generous donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation!! He recieves a tax receipt!
I also am grateful to Kyla & her Husband at Colin S Farmer Cottages for connecting me and giving us permission and also Patti Hamilton another cottage owner for posting on the Otty Lake Association page to help others while I was in the area if needed!! It was worth the four hour drive!