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Grasonville MD Lost ring

  • from Fairfax (Virginia, United States)

Grasonville MD. Salt water, SCUBA 3 mil wetsuit, Excalibur detector, Garrett Pro and Vibra-quatic probes. Time 1:45 hours depth 4 to 7 feet.

I think it is important to also post the unrecovered calls. I suggest that even the rare “misses” are successful, in that the client knows he or she did all they could to find the item. I detail these events so you can learn and apply to your own experience.

After calling two other searchers, a very nice lady called about her lost her engagement ring. Two weeks before, while at Harris Crab House (a great restaurant) the diamond ring went missing. She was pretty sure that when the ring slipped off, it dropped in-between two boards, and went into 8 to 10 feet deep water below the dock. She immediately got a local diver (without a detector) to search, but he couldn’t find the ring. She then had a wading metal detectorist look, but he didn’t have SCUBA.

I called the manager and got permission to dive on the next Sunday morning. When I arrived, managers Bob and Mike were very accommodating. Bob told me the previous detectorist had been there twice. He also told me that he had experienced two other lost rings which were eventually found in the trash.

The entry depth was about 7 feet, but under the dock it was 4 feet deep. I asked the client to re-enact what happened. I then dropped a weighted line between the boards to where the ring fell. Before submerging, I checked the boards under the dock in case the ring landed on a cross beam.

The target area was small and had visibility of about six inches, so I initially used a 3’x 3’ PVC grid with the probes. I then searched the area again with the Excalibur detector. In the event the ring rolled off the dock or was moved, I extended my search area by several yards, but I only found trash.

I suppose it’s possible the ring didn’t actually make it into the water, or one or the other searchers accidently moved it. Being on SCUBA allowed me to get within inches of the bottom and have visual conformation on all targets. No matter what, I feel really bad I couldn’t find this nice lady’s ring.

If I can be of service, the fastest way to get me is by text at 703-598-1435. I will contact you back ASAP.






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  • from Boise (Idaho, United States)

philipaPhilip called me from work and was somewhat upset since he had lost his wedding band in a local volley ball court the day before.  We discussed the situation and I wanted him to be comfortable working with me and asked for him to look me up on Facebook before he gave any other details. Later, he called back and was feeling good about letting me know of the exact location (as he was at work) and which court it was in Boise, Idahophilipb

An hour later I had his ring in my hand and was speaking with him on my cell phone.  Since he was still at work, I decided to meet him  there and returned the ring back to an extremely happy stranger.



The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service can locate your lost diamond engagement ring, gold wedding ring or band, hearing aide, favorite piece of sterling jewelry, antique family heirloom, or other important personal item.

I can search virtually any location on land and in the water, some of the most common areas of parks, volleyball courts, beaches, creeks, yards, gardens, and even underwater.
If you lost your RING or other precious item “Don’t Wait-Call Now!” 208-345-8898 and please leave a message if the answer machine comes on, as I am with a customer at the time.

Lost Men’s Wedding Ring Found in the Ocean at Beach 69, Puako, Big Island, Hawaii

“Never Go, Never Know”

Meredith called me and was not happy. Her husband had lost his wedding ring while in the water at Beach 69 just up the road from the famed Hapuna Beach.

They’d waited three days before calling – having spent their time snorkeling to look for it. Should they call me to look for it professionally, or just assume it was lost to the water and waves of Hawaii’s Big Island? They didn’t know what to do. “Was there a chance I’d find it before returning home to Vancouver tomorrow?” she asked.

I’ve found lost rings up to a month after being lost and asked her about the ocean conditions. Beach 69, like Hapuna, can have a vicious west swell so I’m cautious with my predictions due to waves and current.  Conditions were calm and the water clear she assured me. I got to the beach and conditions were excellent – the water was clear and there was barely a ripple.


A happy client with his lost gold ring – now a found gold ring by Big Island Metal Detecting’s Brent Madison! Beach 69, Puako, Big Island Hawaii.


Meredith’s husband met me on the beach and showed me how he’d been throwing a football (he’s left handed) in the water and getting tackled by his brother-in-law. It could be anywhere along a semi-rocky area 100 feet long just off the sandy beach. I started my search at the deepest point in the water that I could reach to beat the rising tide, hoping all along that the ring hadn’t gone flying off his hand into yet deeper water.

I combed the sand-and-stone bottom carefully and as I got shallower, with more breathing room, could get creative. I asked where the guys had gone charging into the water, where the tackles happened and where they’d snorkeled. In the end, I decided to start my search in the general area where he’d first gotten into the water. Back and forth I went, hearing nothing through the headphones – and then a big signal.

I dropped to the stony bottom underwater on my knees and fanned the sand with my hand to expose the target below. Nothing. I did it again, going deeper through small stones and sand. Suddenly a massive gold ring with a central platinum band emerged out of the hole. In only three days in the water, the ring had been buried – deeper and deeper – by its shear weight and the gentle motion of the waves.

I held the ring in my hand underwater and admired it, thanked God for letting it still be there, then surfaced. Meredith rushed out and her sister-in-law started clapping as did others on the beach who’d been watching the search.


A beautiful, large men’s wedding ring made of gold and platinum found in the water by Big Island Metal Detecting Hawaii for their client from Canada on Beach 69, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

“I didn’t think you’d find it!,” she said before taking it and swimming back to shore with it tightly in her hand. Her husband swam over from deeper water and congratulated me. He told me they’d thought it would be on the ocean floor forever – that they had called me as a last desperate move, a final Hail-Mary as it were before heading back to Canada.

To find lost rings, we can never know what the final outcome will be – though, my wife Sylvie often says, “Never go, never know.”



Call us at Big Island Metal Detecting to find your lost ring on the Big Island of Hawaii. We’re Hawaii’s TRUSTED metal detecting and ring recovery service. (808) 430 – 5660.


Lost Ring?! Call us immediately to help you find it! We’re Hawaii’s TRUSTED metal detecting and ring recovery service.

A great tip for all you cold water Ringfinders

  • from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)

Like all drysuit divers I am always concerned about my latex seals. Well two weeks ago during a grueling search in a torrent river, I managed to put a small one inch tear in one of my dry seal cuffs. Now I dive with Viking cuffs mainly because the dry gloves I use are only a couple of bucks to replace and it makes for a better dryer seal. So that being said, my seals don’t have to be absolutelyIMG_20130326_101801




IMG_20130326_105907 water tight, but they do need to work. Now the tear is just an inch but its just long enough that trimming it would be a little two short for my liking. Now all you drysuit diving ringfinders know how expensive and time consuming getting your suit cuffs replaced is… (it’s about 180 bucks for two wrist seals and your lucky to see your suit in under three weeks) Traditional way of thinking is… ahh well send em in and get them replaced your S.O.L…. I have been to every dive shop I could find, from professional to recreational open water shops. I have been told the same thing, “either trim or replace.. there is no repair!” Now we are an interesting group of people with a passion that we all follow and we don’t take “Can’t be done” lightly. So I decided to approach this problem from a different angle. I figured instead of talking to a dive shop, I would talk to a chemist… or at least someone proficient in plastics. Low an behold I find an intelligent fellow at Industrial Plastics and Paint. Now I didn’t expect to find allot of brain activity here at all after walking in the front door because of the fumes, but I decided to give it a gamble. Well this plastics expert showed me a product that they use for inflatables because they didn’t have any latex repair that would work because of the flexibility issue. The product is called “Tear-Aid Fabric repair Type A”. Now the reason this was recommended was because of the several things that this repair adhesive tape can be used on, one of them was Hypalon. Now Hypalon is, from what I was told, is very similar to latex and the adhesive will work and stay adherent even when stretched. Hey for about 20 bucks it was worth the gamble. Included are the pictures of the tear and the repair using this tape adhesive. I used a wine bottle for the form of the cuff, and being from the Okanagan, I am in no short supply of those. Now since the repair, I have been on one dive and it seems to work very well. Not affected by moisture and the edges have not rolled or come apart from the latex. This twenty dollar repair has saved me 180 bucks in replacement and several weeks in equipment down time. I have a few other dives planned for this next month, and if anything changes I will update the article.


Anyone Selling a Gold Quest Aquasearch V2?

  • from Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

Hi Its Chris Turner,

If any of the members on The Ring Finders Directory has and is selling or knows someone who is selling a Gold Quest Aquasearch V2… Please contact me as I’m looking to buy one.

My contact number and email is…

Chris Turner


Email- Chris@TheRingFinders.com


Thank you and Happy Hunting!


Chris Turner/CEO/TheRingFinders