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Family North Topsail Beach Vacation Includes Platinum Ring Lost & Found

  • from Emerald Isle (North Carolina, United States)


Contact Crystal Coast Ring Finders and let Steve Ray help save the day!!!

Marshall informed me his ring was loose and before going out for a swim, placed it under a sun shade the family placed on North Topsail Beach.   At some point, the ring was dropped into the soft sand beneath the canopy.  Marshall contacted Crystal Coast Ring Finders the next morning.  He knew it was in a very small area and after digging up a broken zipper, his shiny ring was found a few inches away.  He was shocked his wife wasn’t extremely upset when he notified her of the lost ring and now, things are back where they belong.

TIP:  Since most of us use the same cellular phone number… inscribe your contact number inside your keepsakes if possible

Lost ring recovered from snow in Livonia Michigan

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

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1971 Farmington High Class Ring Lost 51 Years Returned to Owner

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

It is not that huge a feat to find a lost ring.  I becomes much easier if the person who lost the ring can point to an approximate spot they think they lost it.  Finding a ring with just dumb luck is easy too.  I have handfuls of rings I have recovered in my travels from schools, ball diamonds, parks, and beaches.  Finding a ring and then locating the owner is almost an impossibility.  I have only done it one other time.

George lost his ring playing baseball.  He and his friends looked up and down and could not locate the ring.  Fifty one years later on a different ring call, I found George’s long lost ring.

Lost class ring from 1971

Close up Farmington High 1971 Class Ring

To find George I joined face book.  Our graduating class is working on a reunion and I was sure someone would know the owner.  Our yearbook does not show middle initials; but George quickly surfaced as a candidate and soon after that we were talking on the phone.

The happy owner is reunited with his ring

Ring returned to owner after 51 years!!

George and I are actually classmates, we both graduated from Farmington High School  (Farmington Michigan) in 1971.  I knew George’s name and that he had a cool car; but we never socialized.  I wish we had talked years earlier.


If you have lost something dear and think you know where it might be,  I would love to help you recover it.  Even long lost, as George found out, is only a temporary condition if you know where to start looking.

Lost Class Ring Found!! Farmington High 1971

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)
I got a ring call the other day that was interesting.  Another one of those “she threw it out the window” stories.  They were driving down Shiawassee road in Farmington.  Just kids, and they would not agree to let me photograph or blog.  I found the ring, his mothers previously, without too much trouble.  While I was searching I came up with a second ring, a 1971 Farmington High class ring.

I almost had a coronary because I graduated from Farmington High more than 50 years ago.  I lost my 1971 class ring in the student parking lot a few months before graduation.  I could almost see that parking lot from the spot I found this ring.  Wrong initials, sadly, it is not my ring.

I have a few guesses as to who lost it from my 1971 yearbook; but I cant be sure because there are no middle initials in the yearbook.  Both my brother and I graduated from Farmington High in 1971 and neither one of us received any mention anywhere in the yearbook, so there may be a few more candidates than the three I have so far isolated.

There is a class reunion this September, stay tuned while I attempt to find the ring owner.

I posted a quick recovery video on YouTube

Lost class ring from 1971

Close up Farmington High 1971 Class Ring

Almost perfect after decades? in the dirt.

Lost Wedding Ring Found in Park Northville MI

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

It was late in the day when Ron called me to tell me that his wife Chris lost her wedding ring in the park near their Northville home.  I met Ron and Chris the following evening to hear the sad tale.   The very special ring that was her mother’s, had been lost while playing Frisbee in the park.  The whole family had spent many hours looking; but the ring was not found.  Fortunately, they consulted The Ring Finder web site.

When we arrived at the spot the ring was lost I produced my lucky simulated ring with streamer and Chris did her best to throw it as she had tossed the Frisbee when the ring was lost.  Using the landing spot as a starting point, I quickly found a penny that a family member had tossed out and also lost in the grass, while hunting for the ring.  I knew I was close.


This simulated ring does the job again.

Using a standard grid I went back and forth across the park.   I enlarged the search area  until I found the ring.   It was getting dark and I was soaked as it never stopped raining  the entire time I searched.    The ring was hiding at the far edge of the search area in line with the path of our simulated ring.

Hiding in the grass.




Here is a Utube video of the park and the search:







Ron called me earlier in the day, as rain was forecasted and indeed it had been raining.   “Will it be ok if it rains?” he asked me and I told him we would dry the ring off when we found it.  Sure enough, I did dry the ring off before I presented it with the entire family present.

Priceless generational ring is back on her finger.

A very special family treasure.

Lost ring found at Independence Park in Canton, Michigan

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

Travis called me with the classic needle and the haystack problem.  He lost his platinum wedding ring while coaching his daughter’s soccer team the evening before.  He had already looked hard for it and welcomed my help.  Travis borrowed a very neat, army surplus, mine detector which was fairly powerful, and because the field was fairly clean, he would have probably found the ring himself, given a few more hours of diligent searching.  Fortunately, I was able to find his ring in front of the goal ending our search in about thirty minutes.

I made a short YouTube video of the recovery and the happy reunion.

This ring was hard to see in the grass.

A little dirty but unharmed.

Two lost rings found in Grand Blanc, Mi

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

It is not unusual to find a stray ring or two, when looking for a lost item.  I have a good collection of rings I have found by chance over the years.  It is unusual to have the misfortune to lose a second ring while searching for the first.

Jeremy called me and explained that he had been searching for a lost ring in a wooded area next to a parking lot and needed help.  It was an expensive ring, and it had a lot of sentimental value.  We met the next day hoping to recover the ring.  Using a simulated ring with a streamer Jeremy reenacted the events that sent the engagement ring flying.  As we were estimating how far a ring might have landed from the spot they were standing, Jeremy mentioned  Amber, his fiancée, had lost a second ring in the search for the engagement ring the previous day.

While Jeremy worked at a more precise search area for the engagement ring I started beating the bushes for the second ring.  I found it in just a few minutes.  Sadly it was not even close to where Jeremy projected the engagement  ring should be.  After a very through search we were back to tossing the simulated ring with the streamer.

Watching the streamer waive in the wind as it flew through the air gave me the idea I had to go much deeper into the underbrush.  The strategy paid off.  In about two hours of searching we found both of the lost rings.

A short U-Tube video



Mayflower Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts platinum wedding band lost, found and returned

  • from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States)

Nicole’s call to her father was returned with a link to After a short conversation with Tim I was on my way to the bay side of Cape Cod. At the end of the road I tried to call Tim but due to No Cell Phone Service I could not contact him. He was somewhere out on the beach among the 100s of beach goers. One such beach goers was kind enough to let me use her phone to call Tim. When she heard me asking about the ring she was ready to tell me the story. It seams the loss was well known by many of the beach goers.

Tim showed up and off we went eager to start searching for his ring. After about 20 feet of searching to my surprise there were no signals. Oh, my mistake, I had left my detector set to a very specific setting to find a hearing aid. A quick change of a program setting and I was searching again. Quarter, soda bottle cap, 2 beer bottle caps and then the platinum wedding band was in my scoop. I left the ring in the scoop for Tim to remove and place on his finger. I wish I had my camera handy to catch the kiss between Tim and Nicole. As I didn’t and that they would not repeat it for a camera I will just have to settle on attached photos for the Book of Smiles.

In the short talk we had after finding the ring it was revealed that the ring went missing after re-applying sunscreen and not removing the ring from the beach chair’s pocket before moving the chair to a different location. The second bit of information was that Tim had proposed to Nicole on the same beach. Only fitting the wedding band was found and returned with enormous gratitude and smiles.

Lost Ring Found – A Midnight Recovery in West Bloomfield Michigan

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

I was sleeping and it took a few tries for Michael to wake me.  I heard the phone ring on his his fourth call.

It was cold and windy when I went to bed and I could hear through the phone connection that Michael was cold.  Hurriedly, he explained he had accidentally tossed his wedding ring out his car window.  He had a good idea where it landed; fortunately he had not been driving more than 5 mph when he lost the ring.  He called for help and along with several friends, he and his wife had been searching since 7:30 pm.  It was almost midnight and I could tell he was desperate.

We talked for a few minutes longer and I knew he would be there all night without help.  I took a little longer getting to the spot then I planned as I made a few wrong turns on my way.  Michael had faith, and was waiting for me when I found the cold but determined group.  It did not take long to recover Michael’s ring.

Short you tube video –

A glint of gold hiding in the snow

Moral of the story – Don’t throw things out the window of your car and don’t search futility for hours, call the ringfinder while the light is still good.


A Happy Ending

Special thanks to my AAA Insurance Agent Adam Hukkala for providing the reflective vest I wore while working on the road side.  Always keep safety first.

Lost Wedding Ring Found Northville Michigan

  • from Wixom (Michigan, United States)

I received a call from Paul at his Northville, Michigan home requesting help to find his son Michael’s wedding ring.   The ring was lost in the yard during a celebration following the wedding.

At first Paul attempted to find the ring himself.  With the help of many of the guests they walked around looking for the jet black ring.  They even used a rake to comb the grass.  Not about to give up, Paul turned to the web site and found my Wixom, MI listing.

It did not take long to find Michael’s lost ring. It turned up in a small pile of grass and leaves that had been raked up in the previous day’s search.

Michael’s ring hiding in the snow

Paul told me about the wedding as I was packing up my gear.  The priest had reflected in his sermon on the lifetime of challenges and rewards their relationship represented and offered the couple a small jar of salt.   A grain of salt, small but important to good health, makes food taste better.  He advised when difficult situations arise they should take them with a grain of salt, like the old idiom, remembering how small and temporary their difficulties are compared to their relationship.  The very next day the couple took the priest’s advice and after reflecting on the little bottle of salt, put the search for the ring aside, and departed on their honeymoon.

I did not get to meet the newlyweds; but you can see Paul was delighted.  The happy couple will return home to the good news that the ring was recovered.

Dan the ring finder with Paul holding the recovered ring.


We made a short You Tube video: