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Lost Wedding Ring Found on Santa Cruz Beach

from Santa Cruz (California, United States)
Contact: 1-408-256-3796

lost wedding ring found in santa cruzAngela and Todor and their extended family enjoyed a day at the beach in Aptos. Todor played rugby by the waterline, always being mindful of his wedding ring. While it was snug on his finger, he paid close attention so that he wouldn’t lose it.

Then as they were packing to leave, Todor noticed his ring was missing. The whole family searched but they could not find it. At about 5:15pm they called TheRingFinders.

I made it to the beach by 6:45. Then Murphy’s law struck hard: My metal detector failed, and the batteries for the backup metal detector were still in the charger back at home.

Crawling along using a handheld pinpointer, I searched the small area of dry sand where Angela and Todor had spread their blanket, finding only a bottle cap and three coins. This was a clue: when a public beach is clean without lots of junk like pull tabs, foil and coins, it means that other metal detectorists regularly search the area. If that happened before we recovered Todor’s ring, he might never see it again. So they decided to wait while I drove back to get the batteries and holder for detector #2.

I made it back to the beach by 8:45, shortly after sunset. Searching after dark is fun: No crowds, lower temperatures. I quickly searched the blanket zone in the dry sand again, finding an earring and some junk. Then we moved to where Todor had been playing rugby.

Todor showed me the area, and I marked it with tent stakes. The tide had dropped, so we didn’t have to contend with any water. The first 30 minutes were a bit nerve wracking because I found no targets at all. This sometimes means that the wave action has moved all targets to the bottom of the sea.

Then I hit a strong signal smack in the middle of the search zone. Todor’s ring was about four inches down in the wet sand. He’d been very observant, and marked the rugby zone perfectly.

Todor, Angela, thank you for the generous reward! I’m happy you got your ring back.

If you’ve lost your ring or jewelry anywhere in Silicon Valley between San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruz, give me a call!

Lost Wedding Ring at Bus Stop in Sunnyvale-Found!

from Santa Cruz (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!

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