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Lost Wedding Ring at Bus Stop in Sunnyvale-Found!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

In-Hee was waiting at the bus stop in Sunnyvale, in the Palo Alto-Mountain View-San Jose area. At one point, he reached down to brush the dust off his pants. A few brisk movements and he saw his white gold wedding ring fly off his finger into the thick clumps of fescue grass that lined the street. He searched for a couple of hours but could not find his ring. Then he searched online for metal detector rentals and found TheRingFinders. I made it up to the bus stop just a few hours after he lost the ring.

Take a look at the photos below: The grass clumps were THICK! I was unable to use my large metal detector, instead having to search around and through each clump with my handheld pinpointer. This meant a lot of crawling around on my hands and knees. Fortunately, unlike some public areas, the ground had very little trash: in the first half hour all we found were two pieces of aluminum foil, a penny, and a dozen large staples holding down the irrigation hoses. All of these signals were on the ground surrounding the clumps of grass.

Then, almost to the end of the area where In-Hee thought he might have been, I got the very first signal from inside a clump. It was a faint signal, hard to repeat, but when it did repeat, it was his ring, buried deep inside the clump. As you can see from the photos, it was impossible to find visually!

  

In-Hee was happy to get his ring back. This is how we like to wrap up ring searches!

Click here to read more stories about lost rings found in the San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula, San Jose, Silicon Valley, East Bay). Over 60 recoveries and counting!

 

 

 

 

A repeat customer loses his ring again…and recovers it again!

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost ring found in Campbell CaliforniaRecently I got a call. “Do you hunt for lost rings with your daughter? You round my ring for me a few years ago…I lost it again.”

Way back in 2010, Vince lost his wedding ring in a park. My daughter and I found it for him. It was one of our first recoveries for TheRingFinders, so we remember it well. Click here to read that story.

This time, Vince was playing a ball game with his three sons on the trampoline in their back yard. While he was bouncing up and down, he reached down for the ball and gave it a hard throw. To his dismay, he watched his ring fly off his finger. They searched for hours, but couldn’t find it.

I made two trips over to Vince’s house. We searched his yard, under the trampoline, and his neighbor’s yard (across the fence to the left of the photo below. But no ring. There was only one possibility left: The ring had flown backwards, over the fence behind his head, into a different neighbor’s yard. That neighbor wasn’t home, but Vince said he would contact him as soon as possible.

The next day, Vince sent me an email with a photo of his ring. It had been sitting on top of the grass in that neighbor’s yard. This time Vince is going to get the ring resized!

 

 

Lost Wedding Ring Found in San Jose

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost wedding ring found in San JoseHere in the San Francisco Bay area, we all go through a routine in November: clean your gutters and prepare for rain, because the next few months are likely to get wet. Eddie cleaned his gutters on Friday, scooping out leaves and debris from each section, then moving the ladder and doing it again. He was almost done when he noticed that his wedding ring was missing. This happens a lot: your hand gets cold and wet, and the ring slips right off your hand.

Eddie searched  for a couple of hours but couldn’t find the ring. He knew he was wearing it when he started the job, so he bought a metal detector and tried using that. Unfortunately, with the stress of losing your wedding ring, it can be pretty hard to learn how to use a metal detector! So he called TheRingFinders.

I made it over to Eddie’s house on Sunday morning. He showed me everywhere he had worked on the gutters, and was very confident that the ring had been on his finger when he started. So I started searching. The only thing that slowed me down was the hedges and plants: they were pretty thick along one side of the house. We even thought we got a signal from the top of a thick hedge where Eddie had thrown a pile of leaves, but that turned out to be a dead end.

Eddie and his wife Margaret gave up hope after a couple of hours, but I kept hunting. There was one section of planter bed that we had skipped because it required searching on my hands and knees with a small, handheld metal detector called a pinpointer. It only took a couple of minutes in that bed before the pinpointer started beeping like mad. There, against the concrete and covered by mulch, was the ring.

Everybody went away happy that morning!

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Gorilla Hair Grabs Platinum Wedding Ring

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Earlier this week, Dave was creating a new landscape in front of his San Jose home. He cleared the yard, dug holes, planted bushes and spread Gorilla Hair mulch to cover the whole front yard. Then he installed landscape lighting and a drip irrigation system. When he was all done the yard looked great! Unfortunately he realized as he was cleaning up that his platinum wedding ring was missing. Having been married only a few months, Dave and his wife were understandably upset.

Dave’s wife Mizuho contacted me Tuesday, then Dave and I spoke on Wednesday. Based on all the details he had, and how confident he was that the ring had come off while he was working, I told him that there was a very high likliehood I could find his ring.

I made it out to their home this morning. Dave felt strongly that he lost the ring somewhere in the main section of the front yard, but there was a possibility it could have come off in several other places. We decided to start the search in the front yard where he had spent the most time. Unlike some properties, the yard was fairly clean of metallic objects. In the first couple of minutes I found only one nail and one mystery target too deep to be the lost ring.

Then after only about four or five minutes of searching, a nice strong tone rang out of my metal detector. The ring was there, completely hidden under the Gorilla Hair. Dave grabbed Mizuho, there was much rejoicing and even some discussion about how to keep his new wedding ring on Dave’s hand. My best advice? Never wear precious jewelry while working, at the beach or on vacation!

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Lost Tungsten Carbide Wedding Ring Found in San Mateo

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost wedding ring found in san mateoMelanie and her husband were enjoying the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend when they decided to go outside and toss around a football. They had fun for a while, until her husband’s beautiful tungsten carbide wedding ring disappeared into the grass. They searched for hours last night and this morning with no luck.

Then Melanie found TheRingFinders. I was able to get up there this morning, less than 24 hours after the ring disappeared. Melanie showed me the place in the ivy where her husband had stumbled catching one of her passes, and the place by the pool where he had caught another with a spectacular, Super Bowl-worthy jump catch. She hoped that the ring had fallen off in one of these locations.

I searched the ivy and surrounding grass with no luck. Ivy is always a problem, because metal detectors have a practical range limit of 8-12 inches, and ivy can sometimes be thicker than that. The thicker the ivy, the harder it is to press it down with the metal detector coil. So I spent almost half an hour searching the small ivy patch with my metal detector until I was satisfied that the lost ring was not there.

Next came the patch of grass near the pool. Underneath the robust Bermuda grass was a tangled thicket of roots and runners. Rings will drop through all of this to rest on the dirt, making Bermuda grass the ideal hiding place. I spent another half hour searching here until the metal detector sang out with a sweet, shallow tone. The ring was very well hidden under the grass and runners.

Thank you Melanie for the reward. I’m glad I was able to help your husband get his ring back!

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Lost Wedding Ring Found in Campbell

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost wedding ring found in CampbellPaul sent me this email:

Hi,

Please let me know how I can retain your services for finding my wedding ring lost in my back yard a few years back. I’m relatively certain it’s there somewhere.

Paul told me that he’d lost the ring while installing a sprinkler in his back yard. He’d considered renting a metal detector, but called TheRingfinders instead.

When we met at his house this week, the first thing I did was search the main yard. I recovered some coins, brass fittings and junk, but no ring. Then we dug up the sprinkler head itself and discovered some bad news-the pipe was 15 inches (38cm) underground, deeper than either of my metal detectors would be able to find a ring.

Before we did any more digging, I decided to search the side yard, over near the hose where Paul had washed off his hands on the day the ring was lost. Not far from the hose, I found a shallow target that showed as mixed metals on the detector display. But when I tried again at a 90-degree angle, the target separated in two, one clearly iron and one a more interesting metal. Digging just under the surface of the dirt, we found Paul’s ring.

Thank you for the reward, Paul! I’m glad we could recover your ring after it was lost for so long!

 

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Lost Wedding Ring Found in Oakland

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

Lost wedding ring found in OaklandJohn was working on the sprinkler system at his new home in Oakland (across the bay from San Francisco). He turned off the main water valve to the house and disconnected the galvanized steel pipe feeding the sprinklers. Then disaster struck-water started spraying everywhere at high pressure. For some reason, the sprinklers were connected before the main water valve!

John ripped off his work gloves and ran over to the valve. There was no other way to stop the water there. So he ran down to his workshop, got some tools, and ran back up to the water meter on the street. Within a couple of minutes, he had the water shut off.

The bed in front of his house was filled with several inches of water, and this was draining rapidly through a gap in the bricks down the driveway. There was nothing he could do about the water so he just let it drain. But when he picked up his work gloves, he realized he had a bigger problem: his wedding ring was missing. It wasn’t in the gloves, and he couldn’t see it anywhere in the thick mud. It had disappeared.

John and his wife searched the bed and the yard nearby, but couldn’t find the ring. They dug through the top layer of mud to see if they could find it, but had no luck. John thought about renting a metal detector, but he could see that the search was going to be difficult, so he contacted The Ringfinders.

By the time I got there a few days later, the mud had dried out. The bed was just three feet from front to back, and crowded with plants and sprinkler pipes. This made it difficult to use my main metal detectors, because there was no room to swing the coil. So I got down on my hands and knees and used my pinpointer, a handheld metal detector. If the ring had sunk more than about two inches into the mud, it would have been beyond the range of the pinpointer, so we crossed our fingers and got to work.

John raised the galvanized sprinkler pipe up so that it wouldn’t interfere with the pinpointer. I pulled almost 20 metal targets out of the dirt and mud: nails, screws, washers and gutter spikes. I had to dig every one of these targets to make sure we didn’t miss the ring.

Finally we worked our way to the base of the first bush. John pulled the bush to one side, and the pinpointer detected a target right at its base. When I scooped out a handful of loose dirt, John spotted his ring at the bottom of the hole. It had been buried about an inch down in the dirt, under the bush right near the main water valve.

The ring is unique-John and his wife had it hand made by an jewelry designer. John, thanks for the reward and for the fresh lemons off your tree!

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Lost Ring Found in Redwood City

from San Francisco (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 Gold Wedding Ring Found in Los Altos

from San Francisco (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!

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The Amazing Migrating Ring in Half Moon Bay

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

CurtisHMB-smile-smCurtis and his wife spent their one-year wedding wedding anniversary at Half Moon Bay, between San Francisco and Santa Cruz on the California coast. Sitting up on a sand bluff at the State Beach, they popped a cork on a bottle of champagne and enjoyed the view. When it came time to leave Curtis stood up, brushed the sand off his pants, and felt his wedding ring fly off his finger into the sand.

They search fruitlessly for the ring in the sand, even using a metal detector they borrowed from the park ranger. Curtis came back the next day with a shovel and kitchen strainer and sifted big piles of sand, but still couldn’t find the ring. The situation was looking grim until they found TheRingFinders web site.

I met Curtis at the beach today. He showed me exactly where they were sitting, about halfway up the steep sand bluff. The small open area where they had been sitting was surrounded by ice plant. I could see the piles of sand that Curtis had made with his shovel the day before.

I used my metal detector to thoroughly search the area where they had been sitting. The sand was shallow here, because Curtis had already dug down to the hardpan layer. Next I expanded out to the surrounding ice plant. I only found one metal hit anywhere near where they had been sitting, just a piece of an old aluminum can.

I knocked down the piles of sand that Curtis had made, but didn’t find the ring, so I started working my way down the bluff. About 20 minutes into the hunt, I got just my second metal hit of the day. It was very deep, about 8 inches down, and registered as an older, pure copper penny, but when I finally dug down deep enough there was Curtis’s ring. His first anniversary was saved!

Although he lost his ring up where he is standing, near the top of the bluff, we found it about six feet down the bluff where my metal detector is lying.

Although he lost his ring up where he is standing, near the top of the bluff, we found it about six feet down the bluff where my metal detector is lying.

It's a very nice ring! Good thing we found it.

It’s a very nice ring! Good thing we found it.