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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 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!

 

Wedding ring found

 

 

Lost Rolex Watch Found in Palo Alto with Metal Detector

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
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Can you see the Rolex beneath the Poison Oak?

William was working outside his beautiful creekside home in Palo Alto. He had gathered a large armful of branches and clippings and hauled them up to his dumpsite. When he threw the clippings, he stumbled, caught himself on a tree branch, and felt his Rolex President watch fling off his wrist.

William searched everywhere, and raked the clippings, but could not find the Rolex anywhere in the tangled brush. This watch had been a great timepiece for 35 years, and he wanted it back!

He searched for “metal detector rentals” and found The Ring Finders. I was able to meet him that afternoon at his home. When he showed me the site, I understood how difficult it would be to find the ring: the area was uneven, heavily overgrown, and covered in Poison Oak!

I started at the end of the search zone furthest from the Poison Oak. No luck. So I worked my way back toward the center of the zone. I found a few large targets like chewing tobacco tins and crushed aluminum cans, but no watch.

Finally I got a large hit along a steep area covered with brush. I couldn’t see anything, so I used my pinpointer to push away some branches. Was that a crinkled gold foil candy wrapper? Nope, it was a watchband, attached to a pristine Rolex watch without a scratch.

Thank you William for inviting me to your home to recover your watch!

Click here to read more stories about ring recoveries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Here's a closer view of the lost watch.

Here’s a closer view of the lost watch.

Happy after recovering the lost watch!

Happy after recovering the lost watch!

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

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)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

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 Diamond Found in San Jose

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

Carol contacted me yesterday after her overly-enthusiastic dog broke the solitaire diamond and setting off her platinum ring. Here is what she wrote:

“Dave,

“I hope you can use my story on your blog!

“Wednesday night, while walking my dog, I pulled him back from an approaching dog, and managed to break the diamond off of my solitaire ring (claws and all). We looked around with flashlights, quickly realizing it was the proverbial needle in a haystack, and went home. I was completely at a loss as to what to do – when I went on line to try and rent a metal detector, I came across your Ring Finders website.

“Thursday morning, I gave Dave Millman a call at 11 am, and he agreed to meet me at 12:30 to ‘find my ring.’ Dave explained that with the force of me pulling the leash – the diamond may have flew into the road, and that his metal detector couldn’t be used on it. He encouraged me to look through the leaves – which I did. I felt kind of useless just standing watching him, and hearing the metal detector go off over nails, and pipes in the lawn, so I went over next to the side walk, and started brushing leaves out of the edging of the lawn, since I figured that the sidewalk rebar would also set off false positives. Within 30 minutes, I found the top of my solitaire!!!

“Even though this isn’t a ‘pure’ Ring Finders story, I give the credit to Dave for finding my ring. He was so positive and encouraging. He kept saying ‘let’s find it.’ He gave me hope, and direction – I wouldn’t have found it if he hadn’t been doing his work, which gave me the focus on a certain area! (There must have been a bit of Divine intervention there too!!).  Thank you Dave!

“Carol V.”

diamond and setting lost from platinum solitaire ring

 

Lost Wedding Band Found in Los Gatos Park

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Lost wedding band found in Los Gatos

Lost wedding band found in Los Gatos

Ilene was at the park today with a group of friends and their children. When her daughter asked to hold her wedding and engagement rings, Ilene agreed, with the warning, “Hold them tight!”

Of course, kids will be kids, and a few minutes later her daughter said, “Mommy, I dropped your rings!” The entire group started searching right away, but couldn’t find them. After they searched for an hour, Ilene pulled out her iPhone, searched the web for a metal detector specialist, and found us.

We arrived about half an hour later, to partial good news: one of the children had found one of the rings. But the other was still missing after more than an hour and a half of searching by the whole group. As we unloaded our metal detectors from the car, a dozen children and adults gathered around. We hoped we could deliver a good show for this, our biggest audience ever!

Eryn swung her detector over the center of the primary search area for about 30 seconds and got a solid hit. There, hidden in deep grass, was the missing ring. The crowd went wild! Ilene was happy that both rings had been found, and her daughter looked relieved. Everybody went home happy.

To read more stories about finding lost jewelry throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, click here.

Two lost rings found in deep grass

Found: Lost Wedding Ring in San Jose Backyard

from San Francisco (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796
Erik with the wedding ring he lost in San Jose

Lost wedding ring found in San Jose

Erik took off his wedding ring to trim bushes in his back yard in San Jose. The only problem was the hole in his pants pocket. He didn’t notice the ring was gone until he’d finished and hauled all the trimmings to the street. After searching for a couple of hours, he called The Ring Finders.

If you’ve read the other stories in this blog, you know that sometimes hunts take an hour or more. This one didn’t. Erik showed us where he was standing when he took off the ring. We started searching for the missing ring with two metal detectors. First hit: too deep. Second & third hits: sprinkler heads. Fourth hit: Platinum and gold wedding ring, lying right on the ground but covered in deep grass.

Erik was super happy (check out the photos). His family is getting ready to move, so if he didn’t find the ring soon, it might have been lost forever.  We stayed for a while to check out his cool chicken coop (three egg layers), then left before the rain started.

What to do if you lose your ring or jewelry: First, look around, mark your exact location. Second, retrace your steps since you last saw the lost jewelry. Third, get some friends to help you search, the more the better. Finally, if you can’t find it, call The Ring Finders. We’ve got metal detectors, and more important, years of experience finding lost rings and jewelry.