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Lost Wedding Ring Found on Kathryn & Kevin’s Anniversary

from San Francisco (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 San Francisco (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.

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Toddler Throws Dad’s Wedding Ring Off Belmont Balcony

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Lost ring found in Belmont, San Mateo County

Lost wedding ring recovered after toddler throws it off balcony

Everyone knows how toddlers love to play with Mom & Dad’s things. They hide them, put them in the trash, and sometimes throw them off the balcony. That’s what Amy’s three-year-old son did with her husband’s Cartier wedding ring: he threw it off the balcony into the neighbor’s side yard.

Amy searched the area and found a whole collection of her son’s golf balls, sidewalk chalk and more, but no ring. So she searched Google for “metal detector ring finder” and found us.

The first thing I did when I arrived was survey the search area. Much of it was covered by a scrap lumber pile, and nails and screws protruded from many of the boards. These would be difficult and dangerous to move. But it is very important to be systematic in difficult search areas, so I started at the highest point, a few feet above the lumber pile.

Underneath a stairway, I got several signals, including a strong point signal that showed as a shallow, pure-metal target on my display. Although rings often give exactly this type of signal, in this case it was a wad of aluminum foil pressed into the soil and covered by a large plastic sheet. After I ruled out all the signals that I could find with my large detector, I scanned a crevice next to the sidewalk with my handheld pinpointer, a small detector with which I could avoid the rebar inside the concrete.

Bingo! The ring was wedged into the crevice near the end of a buried board. I couldn’t even see it until I removed a layer of leaves and debris. It was a large ring, just the kind of thing a toddler would love to play with, and ultimately throw off the balcony. Amy was happy to get it back, and didn’t tell her husband she had it back until he got home from work.

 

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Lost Wedding Ring Found at Seminary in Menlo Park

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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

 

Lost Platinum Wedding Ring Found in San Mateo County

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Lost platinum wedding ring found in San Mateo County

Lost platinum wedding ring found in San Mateo County

Last Saturday, Carl was working around his home in San Mateo County. After a full day of chores, he noticed that his platinum wedding ring was missing. The good news was, he hadn’t left his property all day, so he knew the ring had to be somewhere in the yard. The other good news was, he found RingFinders, the metal detector experts.

Two of us arrived to give Carl’s property a thorough search. In some cases, the recovery takes hours of searching, but not this time. We pulled Carl’s platinum wedding band out of the thick grass on the side of his home within about ten minutes.

Because rings are so dense, when they fall they immediately sink down to the ground level beneath all the blades of grass, where they are practically invisible. Carl’s lawn was healthy and thick, so the ring was completely hidden, even when you looked straight at it. But metal detectors can “see” right through grass, dirt and sand to find missing rings.

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