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Lost Diamond Gemstone Ring Found at State Park

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

Lost gemstone diamond ring found in state park using metal detectorMaya teaches science classes to visiting school children at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, California (between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay). On Friday, she took off her beautiful family ring and zipped it into her vest pocket with her car keys. But sometime during the day, when she pulled out the keys, the ring fell out too.

Maya and friends searched the picnic area and freshwater beach thoroughly, but couldn’t find the ring. A few days after she lost it, she contacted TheRingFinders.

Maya felt that the ring probably fell out when she was using her keys near the car. So I searched the picnic bench area, as well as the tall grass near the parking lot. After about an hour, the metal detector gave the nice tone at a shallow depth that meant a point target was near the surface. Brushing away the tall grass, I found Maya’s ring.

It’s a beautiful ring, with a central gemstone surrounded by diamonds. And it’s now back on her finger.

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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.

Lost gold heirloom ring found in Santa Cruz

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-831-359-0571

Upper right-hand corner . . just hiding.

I was working on a job an hour out of town when I got a call from Sean about his lost 14k gold ring. Upon meeting Sean I found him to be a very genuine, personable man and extroardinarily calm given the circumstances. Meeting some wonderful people is one of the best parts of doing searches . . right up there with a successful recovery! By the time I arrived at his home we had about an hour left of light so Sean wasted no time in giving me an accurate re-enactment of how the ring was lost. The likely area was covered mostly in large flag stones bordered by ivy and low shrubs. The facts and my intuition suggested that the ring most likely lay just off the open area in the bushes. Regardless, I started my search outside the edge of the target zone and gridded my way into the highest probability area. Five minutes in and I nosed the Whites 6x10DD coil into and through some ivy when I hit a solid signal wavering back and forth between a 14 and 16 VDI readout . . exactly the signal I anticipated getting ! Hopeful, I pulled aside some vines and there it lay . .a beautiful, antique gold ring with an oval sapphire. That’s when Sean explained to me that the ring had been a gift from his father 40 years ago . . needless to say it held great sentimental value for him. I know of two people who were smiling as the sun set tonight . . possibly three.

Lost Beautiful Platinum Ring Recovered & Reunited in Santa Cruz . . .!

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-831-359-0571

A call came in later in the evening on Wednesday from a man stating that his wife had lost her platinum band at a popular local beach. (He had been referred to The Ring Finders and me, from a friend in Minnesota who had used the service there with great results !) I had maybe an hour left of light but I prepared for that. I grabbed my Whites MXT Pro with a backlight, hooked up the 10″ D2 coil, grabbed my headlamp  and I was geared up for the hunt. I was anxious to get there asap so I could get some good visual points of reference from the owner while there was still light. I was prepared for a long, tough battle. I explained the difficulties to the owner beforehand and told her that I would hunt as long as possible that evening/night and come back the next day after work if nescessary. She was looking despondent and I was determined to come through no matter what it took. The ring composition combined with the fact that it was carved through in the design, had stones and it was a ladies band (usually smaller) all added up to a target that could potentially read very low conductivity . . . possibly even signaling down in the iron range. This did not bode well for a hunt on a popular beach where campfires are allowed. . . I started the search. Now I don’t know if the Universe was feeling generous or if I had just earned it but 15′ in from the start of my search (which I began about 10′ outside the most likely spot) I hit my first signal, a solid 20 VDI on the MXT Pro and 3-4″ down. I slowly dug into the sand, spreading it aside when the gorgeous platinum band poked out. It was stunning, a piece of art really . . like a sculpture. I could not believe my good fortune but I kept my composure as I asked the owner if she could come over and answer a quick question for me. I pointed at the partially uncovered ring down in

My "partner" holding our quarry

the hole in the sand and I asked her if her ring looked anything like that one. After a few moments, recognition suddenly spread across her face as she yelled out “You found it . . ! !” Indeed I had. The small group adjacent to the hunt broke out in cheers and as I watched the ecstatic couple (and the sunset) I enjoyed the reward that only someone who has gone through it can understand. .  . . unreal !