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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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Lost Wedding Ring Found on Kathryn & Kevin’s Anniversary

from San Francisco (California, United States)
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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

Diamond Ring Lost in Car in San Jose

from San Francisco (California, United States)
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Lost diamond ring found in San Jose metal detector rentalsAmit and Sonal drove up from Phoenix to San Jose to visit family. Sonal removed her rings and placed them on a blanket in her lap while she applied lotion to her hands. When they arrived, she pushed the blanket up onto the center armrest, then noticed that the rings were missing.

She immediately found one ring on the floor behind the front seats, but the second ring was missing. After searching the car, everything in it, the children, the curb, and everything else they could think of, Amit contacted TheRingFinders.

It turns out that they were staying just a mile from my house, which was great compared to some expeditions. I load up my metal detectors and arrived early this morning, two days after the ring was lost.

I knew my metal detectors wouldn’t help inside the car, because of all the metal there, so I searched the curb and the rocks in the parking strip first without luck. Amit and Sonal had done a good job searching outside the car. So next we turned our attention to the car interior, relying on our eyes to search

We pulled up all the floor mats, removed trim strips and car seats, and rolled up the back seats. No luck. My biggest concern was the carpeting: The carpet under each seat had six or more cutouts for mounting brackets and wires. A ring could easily fit into any of them (we have seen this happen before!)

After 40 minutes searching the car, we decided to reenact the circumstances when the ring was lost. First we tied bright yarn onto two rings so they wouldn’t get lost, then Sonal placed them in the same blanket in her lap and repeatedly pushed it up onto the center armrest.

We noticed that the rings always fell into the same area right behind the front seats. I spent the next 10 minutes with a flashlight searching the only nearby hidden area, under the passenger seat. Under one carpet flap, I saw something sparkle. I moved the seat forward, removed a plastic trim strip, lifted up the carpet flap, an ran my finger underneath. Out came Sonal’s lost ring.  Everybody was happy!

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This is how it looked when we pulled back the carpet flap

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Look at all the diamonds!

Thank you, Sonal and Amit for your call. Have a nice drive back to Phoenix!

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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.

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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Lost Diamond Ring Found in Sunnyvale CA

from San Francisco (California, United States)
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svale-ring-smJennifer spent an entire day landscaping her backyard in Sunnyvale two months ago. She worked on the new grass, planted vegetables and flowers, and even spent a little time in the chicken coop. At one point, to keep her wedding and engagement rings clean, she rolled them up in her shirt. Unfortunately, she forgot they were there, and by the time she did remember, they were gone.

Jennifer and her family searched the yard immediately. The next day, she found the wedding band on the patio next to the grass. Jennifer was pretty sure the matching engagement ring would be nearby, but despite searching very hard they could not find it.

Yesterday, when Jennifer told her husband that she couldn’t find a replacement ring she liked, he suggested, “Why don’t you search the internet for someone with a metal detector.” She typed Ring Finder into Google, and sent me an email a few minutes later.

I made it to Jennifer’s house this morning with my metal detector. Her landscaping is beautiful, with a large vegetable garden and even larger chicken coop in the back, plus several other planter beds. Unfortunately, these areas would be very hard to search, because the plants get in the way of the metal detector, and the fencing, planting boxes and trellises all contained a lot of metal. But Jennifer still felt that the missing ring would be somewhere in the grass, so that’s where I began the search.

Jennifer had done a great job with the new lawn, because it was thick and healthy. Unfortunately, when I tested her wedding band, I was only able to detect it reliably out to about three inches, so the thick grass also made the search more difficult. So I patiently dragged the coil of my detector directly across the blades, keeping it as close as possible to the soil.

For the first hour, all I found was construction nails and two aluminum pull tabs, which had very similar signals to the wedding band. Then a third similar signal appeared, shallower than the rest. My pinointer said it was on the surface of the soil, but I couldn’t see anything through the grass. After almost a minute of plucking through the grass and roots, I found the engagement ring buried just under the surface. It’s a beautiful ring, and a perfect match to the wedding band.

Everybody went home smiling today. Thank you, Jennifer!

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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 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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