Saltwater Tag | The Ring Finders


  • from Yarmouth (Massachusetts, United States)

As I walking outside of my house, My wife had yelled over to me that someone had made a post on a local website that she had lost a family heirloom ring on a beach in our town, she thought it was a long shot, but figured she would post the comment just incase anyone found the ring.  I contacted the woman through the apps messaging services and told her I would be able to meet her at the beach at low tide which was in a few hours. I arrived at the beach  here in Yarmouth and Colleen and her husband were sitting on beach chairs, they have been tirelessly searching the water for the 1899 14Kt gold diamond ring that was a family heirloom. Colleen explained she was on a raft,It was high tide and the water was very turbulent due to the wind. being on the raft a wave made her fall off the raft and the ring slipped off her finger into the ocean. she searched and searched but had no success in recovering it. We discussed the location where it was lost and all the details of how I would proceed.  The water was rough but it was low tide and I proceeded to search the water as well as the beach with no success. Due to the amount of time I spent in the rough water (2 hours) we decided I would return again and continue the search. Fast forward to the next day. (The beauty of the ring finders is that we can connect with other ring finders within the network, and here on cape cod there are several ring finders, two of which I highly respect Richard Brown & Leighton Harrington, I had called Richard to bounce a few ideas off of him and ask if I did not have success. on that second search if they would be willing to drive up and help out. without hesitation they decided it was Saturday and they would come up and participate). I returned to the beach, we determined the location was a little bit off, and I started my search. I started at the high tide mark and after a few targets were pulled out of the ground that were giving a signal like the ring, Success! down 1 1/2 inches in the sand was a beautiful diamond staring back at me, Almost exactly where we determined she fell off the raft in the waves. I recovered the ring and walked right over to where colleen and her husband were sitting and received a very emotional response as she was in disbelief that her ring was actually recovered. Just as I presented her ring to her the two other Ringfinders, Richard and Leighton, walked up and told me they saw me recover the ring. The three of us were very happy for colleen. Richard and Leighton did not waste an opportunity and headed into the water to Detect, why not it is what we do, and I celebrated with Colleen and her husband. The most rewarding part of being a ring finder is the moment a lost item is presented to whomever lost the item. Experiencing that will never get old in my book. (Tip for the beach for everyone – Secure your jewelry at home or in a vehicle, this way you will never have to experience what Colleen did but,  if you must wear them always remember there is a ring finder near you that is willing to assist you in recovering your lost items)

Fingers CROSS-ED Lost Cross,14K,Gold,Cape Cod,Mass Saltwater Beaches

Fingers CROSS-ED

On June 27th Rick Browne from the Ring Finders called and invited me to search for a silver cross that was lost the day before. I declined because of the high winds, rain, and BIG surf, and lots of heavy seaweed moved into the search area. Rick said he was going anyway to give it a quick scan. He called me later on that evening and said I made the correct decision that it was useless, he could just about move the detector because of waves and thick seaweed.
We touched base on the next morning and again he asked if I wanted to give it another try. I said I’m in. We met up, and went to the general area he was told it was possibly lost. Still lots of seaweed but less waves. We made our way out into water, Rick went his way, and I in the opposite direction. After about 45 minutes we both shrugged our shoulders, we still had no signals.  I made my way over to the outside of the grid area, and finally i got a lonely signal, but it was low, not high like silver, hmm? Low tone usually means Gold. As I dug it, Rick kept heading out into deeper water. As I looked deep into my scoop, sure enough it was the Silver CROSS that we were searching for. Puzzled a bit, when I motioned to Rick he looked surprised. He made his way over to see what I had found. He said “That’s It”  I flipped it over and it said 14K.  Makes sense it was White Gold. (Silver Color)
Rick & I went up to car and took a few pictures, then called Mary and Dave her husband… They couldn’t  believe we had found it. They took no time to get to us. Jennifer and Keith her husband bought the Cross for their son Colin. It was for his Confirmation in Jan of 2019. It has a very special meaning. Colin was devastated when he lost it. Rick and I are so glad that its back where it belongs. God Bless him and his family for believing in us. We never give up.
Sincerely Leighton
Leighton,Mary,& Rick


Dave & Mary with Cross recovered

14K White Gold Cross

14K Gold Confirmation Cross