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Lost Ring Found in Redwood City

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost platinum ring found with metal detector in Redwood CityWhen Liz got home from work yesterday, her husband was in the garage with her son, restoring their classic 1964 Chevy Corvette. The guys were about to install the starter motor, so her husband handed her his wedding ring for safe keeping.

At just that moment, a cacophony of honking and yelping broke out across the street. They all looked up in time to see their dog Benji skittering frantically across the driveway, followed closely by a large Canadian goose. The dog yelped and ran in circles, the goose honked and flapped his wings, and the guys were frozen in place with their hands full of car parts.

So it was up to Liz to save the day. She ran out of the garage and chased the animals across the street. Eventually she caught up to Benji, who started circling her with the goose in close pursuit. So Liz scooped up Benji in one arm and used the other to wave away the angry goose. The guys clapped when she carried Benji back into the garage.

It wasn’t until later last evening that Liz realized she no longer had her husband’s platinum wedding ring. They searched in the dark, and again this morning, but could not find it. This morning she contacted The Ring Finders and I made it up to their home in Redwood City this afternoon.

After Liz told the whole story of the goose and the dog, finding the ring was really an anticlimax. I found it using my metal detector within 20 minutes, hidden beneath an ice plant across the street from their home. Everybody went away happy!

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Can you see the platinum wedding ring hidden below the ice plant?

Can you see the platinum wedding ring hidden below the ice plant?

Smiles all around after the ring was found!

Smiles all around after the ring was found!

Lost Rolex Watch Found in Palo Alto with Metal Detector

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
lost rolex found with metal detector

Can you see the Rolex beneath the Poison Oak?

William was working outside his beautiful creekside home in Palo Alto. He had gathered a large armful of branches and clippings and hauled them up to his dumpsite. When he threw the clippings, he stumbled, caught himself on a tree branch, and felt his Rolex President watch fling off his wrist.

William searched everywhere, and raked the clippings, but could not find the Rolex anywhere in the tangled brush. This watch had been a great timepiece for 35 years, and he wanted it back!

He searched for “metal detector rentals” and found The Ring Finders. I was able to meet him that afternoon at his home. When he showed me the site, I understood how difficult it would be to find the ring: the area was uneven, heavily overgrown, and covered in Poison Oak!

I started at the end of the search zone furthest from the Poison Oak. No luck. So I worked my way back toward the center of the zone. I found a few large targets like chewing tobacco tins and crushed aluminum cans, but no watch.

Finally I got a large hit along a steep area covered with brush. I couldn’t see anything, so I used my pinpointer to push away some branches. Was that a crinkled gold foil candy wrapper? Nope, it was a watchband, attached to a pristine Rolex watch without a scratch.

Thank you William for inviting me to your home to recover your watch!

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Here's a closer view of the lost watch.

Here’s a closer view of the lost watch.

Happy after recovering the lost watch!

Happy after recovering the lost watch!

Lost Gold Wedding Ring Found in Los Altos

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost gold wedding ring found in Los AltosDave was playing basketball in his back yard with his 12-year-old son. He flung his hand out to catch the ball and felt his wedding ring fly off his finger. His son saw it bounce in the grass. There was plenty of light. So why couldn’t they find the ring?

Dave and his sons tried everything they could think of. They searched on their hands and knees. They raked the lawn and searched the rakings. They rented a metal detector. But they could not find the ring.

Dave called me this morning, and I made it to his home in Los Altos (near Palo Alto, in Santa Clara County) this afternoon. He showed me where he was standing, right at the edge of the basketball court, and where he though the ring had ended up. I fired up my detector and started searching…

…and found the lost ring on my first swing! The ring was right at the corner of the lawn and the court. Our best guess is that they raked it there when they were searching, because Dave’s son definitely saw it bounce further back in the lawn.

Everyone went away happy today! Thanks Dave!

missing wedding ring found with metal detector

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Lost Platinum Wedding Ring Found in Menlo Park

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost ring found in Menlo ParkLast night, Benj took out a box of recycling for collection. As he threw the box into the big recycling bin, he felt it scrape his platinum wedding band off his finger. His hand was still in the bin, so that’s where he figured the ring would be.

But he couldn’t find it. After searching the recycling bin and the nearby area thoroughly, he dumped the entire bin into a large plastic bag and brought it upstairs into his apartment. Then he searched the web for Metal Detector Rentals, and found the RingFinders.

I met Benj in Menlo Park (between Palo Alto and Redwood City) this afternoon. We searched the area around the bin, which didn’t take long because it was all concrete. Then we spread out the contents of the bin on the ground.

First we removed the tin cans and inspected them closely. Next we pulled out the bottles, tin foil and miscellaneous metal debris. Then I could begin scanning the rest with my metal detector. This kind of hunt is like searching a crime scene: you have to be thorough.

One of the last items was a dark brown padded envelope. The metal detector indicated that there was something metal inside, but the envelope was sealed, with only a two-inch tear at one end. I scanned it again with my handheld metal detector, called a pinpointer, which indicated there was definitely a small item in one corner. Squeezing that corner of the envelope, I could feel the ring. I ripped open the envelope, told Benj, “Hold out your hand!” and dumped out the ring into his open palm.

Here’s the mystery: How did the ring get into the padded envelope, when there was only a small tear at one end? Benj called it a one-in-a-million chance, and I agree. The good news is, the ring is now back on his finger where it belongs.

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Benj is happy to have his lost ring backLost ring found in padded envelope

Lost Wedding Ring Found on Kathryn & Kevin’s Anniversary

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

kev-smLast week at a reception at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, my friends Kathryn and Kevin told me that he had lost his wedding ring while coaching their daughter’s soccer team the week before. Their wedding anniversary was fast approaching. Obviously we had to do something about the lost ring!

We met at the soccer field in Menlo Park on Saturday afternoon. The team had practiced across a very large area, and unfortunately Kevin did not notice when the ring left his finger. But he did suspect that it may have happened when he was kicking balls to the girls from one end of the field. So we set up a search grid in that area and I got to work with my metal detector.

The grass was thick and well-watered, which was both good and bad news. Good news in that the grass may have hidden the ring from passers-by, but bad news in that we found several coins buried in wet, muddy patches. If the ring had fallen into this mud, it could already have been pushed an inch or more beneath the surface. Normally for a ring that was recently lost, we don’t dig into the dirt for targets, but in this case we did dig whenever we encountered a target in mud.

After about 45 minutes, I got a solid tone in the right range. It was shallow, but when I spread the grass apart, we couldn’t see anything. After poking under the grass roots for 10 or 15 seconds, Kevin’s platinum and gold wedding ring popped out. It hadn’t been buried, but it was absolutely invisible under the grass.

Oh, did I mention that we found the ring on Kathryn & Kevin’s wedding anniversary? Everybody went away happy!

Kevin's gold and platinum wedding ring with small diamonds

Kevin’s gold and platinum wedding ring with small diamonds

Two old friends had a fun search

Two old friends had a fun search

Lost Ring Found on Volleyball Court in Silicon Valley

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
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Lost ring found in Mountain View CALast week, TK was playing volleyball with friends at work. When the ball came his way, he set it for another player to hit over the net. As he hit the ball up with both hands, he saw his platinum wedding ring fly off his finger into the sand.

TK and his teammates searched the sand, but could not find the ring. He went online to look up metal detector rentals, but he was concerned that it might be hard to learn how to use a rented metal detector in time to find his ring. Then he found TheRingFinders.

I met TK at his workplace on Sunday. When he showed me the volleyball court,  we noticed that the sand was quite deep: I dug down 10 inches/25 cm and still didn’t find the bottom. This could have been a problem, because TK’s ring was platinum, which is harder to detect than the same size ring in silver or gold. If the ring had been pushed deep by searchers or other players, it could have been a difficult search.

But fortune was smiling on us that day. The sand was free of the junk targets you would find at a public beach, things like pull tabs, foil and bottle caps. After a few minutes, I got a weak signal. At first the signal wouldn’t repeat, which is usually an indication of a junk target. But because it was the only target so far, I kept swinging my metal detector in that area. Once I swung slow and low enough, the signal repeated, and my first scoop pulled TK’s ring up from about 4-5 inches beneath the surface.

Renting a metal detector can be a difficult way to find lost rings and jewelry. TheRingFinders make finding your lost ring easy!

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Mom’s Wedding Band Lost and Found in Los Altos

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
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Lost wedding band found in Los Altos

Lost wedding band found in Los Altos

Jeannette contacted us on Saturday. Her 81 year old mother had lost her wedding ring in the backyard of her Los Altos home. She believed that she lost it in the grass while she was throwing a ball for her dog. Jeannette’s brother rented a metal detector to search for it, but did not have any luck.  

We spoke with Jeannette on Sunday and arranged to meet on Tuesday. Because the ring was on private property, there was no risk of it being found by somebody else, so there was no rush. When we arrived, Jeannette’s mom reenacted how she lost the ring, with an underhand toss of a large tennis ball for her Golden Retriever. She said she had felt the ring fly off her finger.

The grassy area where she threw the ball was small, so we searched it first. After two overlapping searches with two detectors we didn’t find it, so we knew it wasn’t there. Next we started searching the planted beds on either side of the grass.

Gold is funny sometimes. When its buried in grass, it is the same color as the dead grass among the roots. When it is lost in a planter bed covered in bark, it takes on a darker color that is also hard to see. But metal detectors aren’t fooled by this chameleon act. We found the ring after just a few minutes of searching in the beds. Everyone went home happy!

It's easy to see the gold wedding band from up close.

It’s easy to see the gold wedding band from up close.

It's much harder to see the lost ring when you take a step back!

It’s much harder to see the lost ring when you take a step back!

Lost Wedding Ring Found at Seminary in Menlo Park

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost wedding ring found in Menlo Park

The lost ring was found in the grass

Mark was playing soccer on the grounds of a nineteenth-century seminary in Menlo Park. It’s the kind of quiet, spacious place that you would expect to find in the English countryside instead of the Bay Area suburbs between Palo Alto and Redwood City.

Mark was wearing his wife’s wedding ring on a chain around his neck. When the game was over, he removed his jersey, then noticed that the chain was broken and the ring was gone. Mark and his teammates immediately searched the field with no luck.

Later that afternoon, other teams played two more games on the same field, which made Mark worry that the ring would get smashed into the soft earth, or found by someone who didn’t know he was looking for it. That evening, he searched the internet for metal detector rental in  Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View and found TheRingFinders.

We met Mark at the seminary the next day. He showed us where he’d removed his jersey, and where he’d walked afterwards. He felt strongly that this was the most likely place for the ring to fall, because he’d kept his jersey tucked in the entire game. We used stakes to create an initial search zone the full width of the field by about thirty yards long, then two of us began a careful gridded search.

It turns out Mark was right about where the ring was lost, because we found it within about 20 minutes near the middle of the search zone. It’s a beautiful ring that Mark and his wife are very happy to have back, safe and sound.

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Lost wedding band found in Menlo Park near Palo Alto