Testimonials

  • You truly are an angel and others like you that reunite sentimental and valuable jewellery with their distraught owners.
    testimonial for Chris Turner (2013)

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    I believe in angels and one knocked on my door on Saturday, August 3, 2013. For the 5 previous days, my family and I had frantically searched inside my house and in the garden for my cherished engagement ring.

    I received this beautiful ring from my husband on December 23, 1967 and have worn it for 45 and a half years.My beloved husband passed away 13 months ago and my wedding rings and 25th anniversary band became an enormous comfort to me. I started wearing the rings 24/7 and even had the diamonds checked for loose stones.

    My worst fear was that I would lose the solitaire diamond from the engagement ring. Imagine my horror when on Sunday evening, July 28th 2013, I discovered the engagement ring missing from my finger after watering my front and back garden. After searching and searching for my ring to no avail, I found Chris Turner and TheRingFinders on my computer. He came to my rescue on Saturday August 3, 2013 and located my precious ring in my back yard in less than 5 minutes.

    I was completely astounded as my son-in-law and I had searched the area where Chris found it. Apparently, I had stepped on the ring and it was embedded in the dirt under the grass. I would never have found it on my own. I was overwhelmed by Chris' professionalism, experience, kindness and caring. To me that ring was irreplaceable.

    Thank you so much, Chris. You truly are an angel and others like you that reunite sentimental and valuable jewellery with their distraught owners. I highly recommend Chris as I thought my beautiful ring was gone forever. It meant the world to me and am so thankful for Chris' help. I will never forget the sight of my ring in his hand as he presented it to me.

    With my grateful thanks and highest regards,

    Wendy Porter

  • I am so overjoyed!! I would recommend you to everyone
    testimonial for George Hicks (2017)

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    George,

    Thank you so much for finding my mother's wedding ring!! You are an amazing magician! I had looked everywhere, but I couldn't find it. You found her ring in the cuff of my sweater in my closet!! I am so overjoyed!! I would recommend you to everyone if they ever need to find a sentimental ring! You made me so happy!! Thank you for helping me and for your warm-hearted kindness. *:) happy

    Lots of thanks,

    Linda

  • Thank you Steve!
    testimonial for Steve Smith (2017)

    Yesterday (03/24/17) I lost my house key at the park and I searched 3-4 hours for it on my own and had no luck. I called Steve and he said he couldn't make it out that day but tomorrow would be better.

    We agreed to meet the next morning and he was there on time. He asked me a few intelligent questions, and his patience was remarkable. The hardest part about finding the key was that it was not on a keychain and not uniquely designed, but it still only took him 15 minutes to find it!

    I really needed that key to get in and out of my house. He pretty much made my week by finding it, and I thank him for taking the time to help me out. He didn't make me feel like I was wasting his time, and I could tell he enjoys his job and takes it seriously. Thank you Steve!

  • If you every loose a ring, just call Connell. He is the greatest.
    testimonial for H Connell Raate (2017)

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    If you lose you ring, just call “The Ring Finders”

    I want to thank both “The Ring Finders” and Connell.

    We had a big snow storm last week, and I lost my wedding band while shoveling my sidewalk. This ring means a lot to me as it’s the one that my now deceased husband put on my finger when we were married many years ago. I was devastated. I had gone back outside to look for the ring and spent a good amount of time looking for it. It was just no-where to be found.

    I then got on my computer and searched on how to find a lost ring and I found the website The Ring Finders.com. The site was easy to navigate and I soon found Connell, the local member whom I contacted. He was very concerned about my loss, asked me questions on where I loss it, asked me to describe the ring, and then we made arrangements for him to look for the ring. He stated that he should look ASAP before one of my neighbors found it while walking the sidewalk.

    Quite frankly, I figured that my ring was gone, but where my cell phone rang last Tuesday and Connell said that he had found the ring I was blown away. As I work in a secure place, he was not able to hand deliver my ring but we decided that he would ship the ring back to me. It arrived today, and I’m wearing it again. It looks wonderful on my finger.

    If you every loose a ring, just call Connell. He is the greatest.

  • I'm so thankful for the quick and expert help Steve was able to give me.
    testimonial for Steve Smith (2017)

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    I'm so thankful for the quick and expert help Steve was able to give me. I was visiting my brother and a group of his friends for the weekend, and we had decided to visit the beach to enjoy the weather.

    I had absentmindedly placed my wedding band in the cupholder of my beach chair earlier in the day as I was playing volleyball and swimming. As the sun moved, our group decided to pick up stakes and move to a different part of the beach.

    It wasn't until after we set up our new spot that I realized my wedding band was missing. I ran back to the area where our group had previously been and searched frantically for 20 minutes. Realizing I was probably in for a long day (or that my ring was gone for good), I found Steve online and gave him a call.

    Steve's response time was incredible. I expected wait for hours at the beach, but in 30 minutes I saw Steve with his equipment walking down the strand. He asked me a few basic questions about where I thought the ring was, set up a search grid, and located it in about 15 minutes. I was awestruck.

    You can tell that Steve is a passionate craftsmen, and I'm sure this is what made finding the ring so simple for him. As we wrapped up, I got a chance to pick his brain about how and why he does what he does.

    You can sense that he has a deep understanding of his equipment and the right techniques for the job. More than that, though, Steve seems to have a mission. You can tell that he gets a lot of joy from finding items that are priceless to those that hold them dear.

    Don't lose your wedding band. If that happens though, call this man. He will find what you lost, and put a smile on your face too.

    - Mike Spiegel

  • Don is a true gentleman and his joy in reuniting people with items precious to them is palpable. Thank you Don!
    testimonial for Don Marshall (2017)

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    I was heartbroken when I arrived home from the barn Thursday and discovered that my ring, which I thought was safely stowed in my travel bag, was missing.

    A search of the barn and my vehicle that night failed to locate the ring my husband had proposed to me with almost 30 years ago. The ring has huge sentimental value to us; we were young, had just bought our first house, and this ring represented the next step of our journey together.

    Mike found Don’s name on the Internet the next day and arranged for him to meet me at the barn on Saturday. Within 15 minutes of meeting, Don I was once again wearing my ring! I am not sure who was happier, me at having it back or Don at having found it for me! Don is a true gentleman and his joy in reuniting people with items precious to them is palpable. Thank you Don!

  • I will forever be grateful to Jeronimo and his treasure finding equipment!
    testimonial for Jeronimo Barrera (2017)

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    I will forever be grateful to Jeronimo and his treasure finding equipment!

    The ring Jeronimo found belonged to my late grandmother and it was gifted to me the very same day I lost it, on my birthday.

    A blizzard hit this day and just hours after my mother gave me the ring, I lost it while shoveling. I tried searching on my own by dumping buckets of snow in my bathtub and sifting through it but, I had no luck.

    I resorted to the internet for answers, and searched phrases like "how to find my lost ring in the snow". Theringfinders.com came up immediately. I was in shock that such an entity even existed...my problem was soon to be solved!

    I contacted Jeronimo and he replied right away. We promptly scheduled his visit, and he arrived exactly at the time he said he would just a few days later after I lost the ring. He was kind, gracious, and got straight to searching my front lawn.

    It was a longer than usual search because of all the interference from surrounding metals, but his patience and superb detectors eventually unearthed my priceless jewelry!

    I had such a positive experience with Jeronimo. If he is your closest Ring Finder, do not hesitate to have him help you. He genuinely loves this work, which makes his efforts all the more valuable. His charisma, friendliness, and generosity made the nerve wracking experience smooth, easy, and even exciting.

    When he found the ring I jolted with happiness, I couldn't believe he actually found it. Simply put, I wouldn't have been able to do it without Jeronimo.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! You recovered a priceless gift, and inspired me to take joy out of everything I do.

    Happy endings like this are very rare, and I will remember this experience forever.

  • Jim, we cannot say thank you enough again for your help during this minor crisis.
    testimonial for Jim Wren (2017)

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    After having met Jim, I'm not surprised at how he downplays such an important find, given my family and I were returning to Canada 12 hours later so there was absolutely no flexibility in the search. Or that he was there 25 minutes after I contacted him.

    Or that it was his wedding anniversary that day and that he was just about out the door for a celebratory dinner with his wife of 43 years and put everything on pause to help a complete stranger who happened across his name online.

    Jim, we cannot say thank you enough again for your help during this minor crisis. Our apologies again to you and "Mrs. Jim" for catching you on your anniversary. And we've made sure the hotel is well aware of TRF in the event of any future similar situations from their guests.

    Semper Paratus

  • I’m so grateful to Sean finding my ring.
    testimonial for Sean Boddie (2017)

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    I’m so grateful to Sean finding my ring. Also the fact he came the next day after I phoned him, that certainly helped my feelings of anxiety that my ring was lost forever. I’m a very lucky lady. I’ve bought a lotto ticket, hope my luck will hold.

  • Steve - he is amazing!
    testimonial for Steve Smith (2017)

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    So, on the last day of our recent vacation, while on a shuttle to LAX to fly back home, I realized my wedding ring was no longer on my finger. I was devastated and figured the ring I'd worn 18 years was gone forever.

    I wasn't even sure where it had fell off. I contacted the theme park and car rental agency without any luck. The next night, in a desperate "what do I have to lose" attempt, I searched the internet for help. I hesitantly placed a Craiglist ad in the 'lost and found" section with a Google maps screen shot and address of the beach area we went to before flying back home. I offered a reward as incentive so if someone found it they might consider returning it to me instead pawning it.

    I was texted right away by a guy named "Steve" who was a member of "TheRingFinders.com"

    I figured he was probably a scammer. He called and left me a voicemail too - so I verified the website, and his phone number area code, which actually was from California.

    I called him back (Friday at 9:00pm) and I provided him some more details about where

    I thought I may have lost my ring near the beach. He was nice and sounded legit on the phone, and didn't ask for any money from me. Steve went out right away, and within an hour (Friday at 9:52pm), he had recovered my ring and texted me a picture that lookedlike my ring.

    I was shocked and beyond happy! And and I couldn't believe it - and so I asked him to provide a clearer picture of the front of the ring (the first was taken with a flash in the dark area where he found it).

    He sent a clear picture when he got home and it was definately my ring! We arranged shipment, and a few days later, it is back on my finger as I type this message! I'm so grateful for Steve's help. He is the real deal! So, if you ever lose a ring (or keys, or phone, etc) and need help - even from out of state - theringfinders.com might be a good place to turn for help (rather than hoping some honest person might see your ad on Craigslist like I did - I got lucky!)..... and if you lose something at the beach near LAX, call up my new found friend

    Steve - he is amazing!

  • Chris Turner not only did the impossible. He did it with uncommon grace and style
    testimonial for Chris Turner (2017)

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    We have been searching a mossy bluff on Bowen Island. It's wet, cold with snowflakes hanging in the air. Above all its a steep slippery moss covered bluff and we have already been out there 10 hours.

    The one of a kind white gold ring has to ship to a wedding ceremony in Japan, its lost and we are out of time. With overwhelming possibilities the ring could have bounced one foot or one hundred and fifty then slipped itself into a crack or detritus to rest peacefully for eternity. Our hope is fading.

    Almost more surprising than our circumstances is the bright optimism of, Chris Turner who is coming all the way to, Bowen Island on a snowy winter day to help us. Armed with some of the best equipment we have ever seen and a smile he calmly says, “its a game measured in inches, don’t worry we will find the ring!". And then he asked when the last ferry leaves for the mainland.

    He doesn’t claim to be a seasoned climber but on rope for 4 hours, Chris confidently and methodically scans the bluffs. I know at this point we have experience on our side and that's how you succeed against such intimidating odds. It's all Chris. How he persuaded that mossy bluff to surrender the ring still seems like an impossible task. Because in the end the ring had decided to bounce away the full one hundred and fifty feet.

    Chris Turner not only did the impossible. He did it with uncommon grace and style. From the moment he arrived, he brought us bright energy with his genuinely caring heart and confidence. We can’t thank you enough.

    -Miki Tanaka and Bob Schultz

  • Having the ring found was umm lost for words " a miracle!!"
    testimonial for Steve Smith (2017)

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    While on my Honeymoon in Santa Monica I lost my wedding ring at Venice Beach. A young lady saw me and my wife Kyla searching in the sand and advised there are "guys with metal detectors" walking the beach who could find it?

    Immediately we jumped on google and did a search. We called Steve and explained the situation. He was with us in about 10 mins and ready to get his hunt on!

    It took him about 2-5 mins and found the ring! With out Steve we would have gone back to New Zealand with no ring and my wife and I wold have been devastated. I cant thank him enough!

    Having the ring found was umm lost for words " a miracle!!" I don't know what I would have done if Steve never crossed our path.

    Thanks so much!"

  • Now here's a guy who knows how to find lost jewelry. With over 170 found items...
    testimonial for Stan Ross (2017)

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    Now here's a guy who knows how to find lost jewelry. With over 170 found items I knew he was the guy I wanted to get into contact with after I unfortunately lost my wedding ring on the beach. This ring was also my grandfathers wedding ring so it was irreplaceable to my family and I.

    A few hours had passed before I realized that the ring was missing. I had taken the ring off before going out into the water and placed it into a pocket of our beach chair. As we were leaving I closed up the beach chair and went home, not realizing I had just dropped the ring in the sand. When I figured out what I had done several hours later I got onto the internet and found Stan Ross.

    He was on the ring finders website and had over 170 successful finds. When I contacted Stan he was very enthusiastic about helping me. He dropped what he was doing and went straight to the beach where I had lost the ring. I sent Stan a picture of my wife and I at the beach that day and a google map pin point of the location to give him an idea of where we were.

    I met Stan at the beach 30 minutes later around 7:00pm. As I walked down the steps to the beach I was wondering why Stan was so far away from the location i had described my wife and I as being that day. It was simply because Stan had already found the ring and was looking around the beach before I had arrived. Stan found the ring in less than the time in took me to get the beach that evening.

    And for his assistance and service he quoted his price as," I just enjoy doing this for people". I gave Stan a tip for his work and he walked off into the night. As he left he stated he was glad he could help and was glad I had my ring back.

    So to Stan I say thank you! From my wife and I, my family thank you!

    You were the right man to call and I will keep your number in my phone to use in the future and give to anyone needing help in finding a lost item that he may be able to help.

    - Jeff Z.

  • If you live in NC and lose a ring or anything else valuable/sentimental to you then do yourself a favor and call Michael…
    testimonial for Michael Gaskin (2017)

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    I was with my son all day at a soccer complex in Raleigh for a tournament and with time to kill between games we practiced on an open field. We spanned a lot of ground and at one point I noticed my wedding band was no longer on my finger. I completely panicked. I scoured the field and tried covering all the ground where I hoped I could find the ring. I even downloaded a mobile metal detector app thinking that would help me easily find the ring (it was a joke).

    Unfortunately it didn’t help at all and I ended up leaving the field very sad believing the ring was gone for good. Another parent from my son’s team recommended theringfinders.com and that’s when I reached out to Michael Gaskin the next morning. He contacted me immediately and said he could meet me at the field that afternoon. When I got to the field Michael was already there and to my surprise pulled the ring from his pocket as he had already recovered it! I can’t tell you how happy I was. Not only had Michael found my ring but he also explained to me the process and walked me right to where it had been showing me how impossible it would’ve been to find it on my own. He had contacted the field management ahead of time for permission to check the area, showed me the map printouts he used, and explained all of the equipment he used during the search. Admittedly I was not sure what to expect and it ended up being one of the most professional services I had experienced…and he is a damn nice guy on top of it!

    So instead of being depressed and looking for a replacement (which would’ve been impossible considering what the ring means to me) I have it back on my finger.

    If you live in NC and lose a ring or anything else valuable/sentimental to you then do yourself a favor and call Michael…he will absolutely turn your day around!

    Thanks again Michael!!!

    -Stuart H.

  • Steve, thank you for putting a huge smile on my (and my wife's) face. You're clearly a passionate and talented guy
    testimonial for Steve Smith (2017)

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    I'm incredibly grateful for Steve's help last night. I figured I'd leave a voicemail and hear back from him the next business day, being that it was 8:30 at night, but he picked up my call and said he'd meet me at the volleyball court in 30 minutes. Seriously? And the search process was equally impressive – it took him all of about 10 minutes to find my wedding ring, which could've been just about anywhere on/off the court. Steve, thank you for putting a huge smile on my (and my wife's) face. You're clearly a passionate and talented guy, and I hope many others will read this post, give you a call, and experience the same excitement and relief that I did last night. Thank you again, Steve. God bless!

    Wes Putnam

  • I highly recommend Mike
    testimonial for Mike McInroe (2017)

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    We called Mike after a disastrous experience with another ring finder person. He was super supportive and very professional. My wife and I lost her wedding and engagement ring in the middle of our ceremony at Lake Baldwin. After three weeks of waiting around for another guy, Mike finally was the one to help us find our ring. We contacted him after our first ring guy was rude and unhelpful. Mike kept in contact with us and letting us know that he’d was willing to go try and look for our ring if we’d like him. After not hearing from the first guy for 2 weeks, my wife and I decided to give Mike a try. He showed up to Lake Baldwin and my wife showed him where we lost our ring. My wife tried to pay Mike for his trip to meet us and he told her that she didn’t need to pay him until he found her ring. Two days later, he called and FOUND THE RING. We never thought we would see her ring again. He was so professional and helpful that night we went to pick up the ring. He told us how he got it and showed us the plans that he had drawn up to accomplish it. We told him about our experience with the first guy and he was apologetic for our experience. I highly recommend Mike, not only did he find the ring, he helped us turned our entire experience with ring finders around. Thank you Mike! - Cecil and Nicole

  • Brent turned the lowest moment of our honeymoon into a story we will never forget.
    testimonial for Brent & Sylvie Madison (2017)

    My wife and I were on our honeymoon on the Big Island in early 2017. We were having an amazing time until we stopped at a beach in Hilo. After a few minutes of swimming near turtles I realized I had lost my wedding ring.

    I was in a state of shock. The gold ring was a family heirloom. My mother had given my father the ring when they married over 40 years ago. I couldn’t believe it was now lost in the ocean just three months after my wedding.

    For over an hour I attempted to find it but I eventually gave up. I had lost hope. But that’s when I found out my wife had a plan. When I got out of the water she was already on the phone with Brent at Big Island Metal Detecting.

    I was sure the ring was lost for good, but Brent convinced us he could help find it. Since it was so late in the day we agreed to meet at the beach early the next morning. Brent drove across the island from Kona to meet us at 6:30 a.m.

    By 7 a.m. the ring was back on my finger! Brent was able to locate the ring even though it was buried in sand in water over six feet deep. Brent turned the lowest moment of our honeymoon into a story we will never forget. We then all celebrated with an early breakfast in town. We had found the ring and made a new friend. Thank you so much Brent.

    - Mike from Brooklyn

  • Jarrod was there the next day when we returned to help us. We are so grateful for his help.
    testimonial for Jarrod West (2017)

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    I was so elated to find Jarrod! I was traveling from the Midwest, and lost my phone in the drift on the beach. We dug for so long, but could not find it.

    Jarrod was there the next day when we returned to help us. We are so grateful for his help. He was friendly and very prompt.

    Thank you so much!"

    Christina Kladis.

  • If you’ve lost something of value to you, call H. Connell Raate, he’s good at what he does
    testimonial for H Connell Raate (2017)

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    When I went out to sunbathe in my backyard in June of 1966, I never expected that I was at the beginning of a 49 year adventure.  

    It was a beautiful summer day right after graduation, so I went outside in my yellow polka dot bikini (NOT), took my recently acquired high school class ring off, placed it on the blanket, put suntan lotion on, and laid down with a good book.  

    Later, I stood up, shook out my blanket and headed back to the cool house.  It was only later that I remembered my ring.  Out I went to get it.  Oh, no!  Where is it?  I looked for quite a while with no luck.  My hunt continued most every day for the rest of the summer.  Where the hell is this ring?  It was gone.

     

    Life goes on and I moved out.  When visiting my mother, I occasionally would go out and look for that beautiful green ring.  Nothing.

    After my mom died and before the house was sold, an acquaintance just happened to mention a friend of his whose hobby was metal detecting and who specializes in finding gold rings.  Why not?  Wouldn’t it be a hoot if, 49 years later, he found my lost ring?

    Imagine my surprise when that machine started singing and Connell eventually came up with a grungy and dirty but definitely green gold ring.  Good thing the house was in the country because I did come out with a whoop and holler heard for miles.

    I went to my 50th high school reunion the following summer and proudly wore that recently cleaned and re-sized (whose weight doesn’t change after 49 years?) new-looking class ring.  

    If you’ve lost something of value to you, call H. Connell Raate, he’s good at what he does, his charges are very reasonable and, most importantly, he is passionate about what he does.  If it’s findable, he’ll nab it!

  • Keith Wille came over, 15 minutes in and he found it… Unbelievable! If you lost any jewelry and can’t find it he’s the guy to go to!
    testimonial for Keith Wille (2017)

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    I’ve spent countless hours and with 5+ hours on our hands and knees all over my front and back yard… Metal detectors and every last resource my dad trying to find my wedding ring I lost 3 weeks ago… Today Keith Wille came over, 15 minutes in and he found it… Unbelievable! If you lost any jewelry and can’t find it he’s the guy to go to!

  • I highly recommend Keith searching for anything of major importance.
    testimonial for Keith Wille (2017)

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    After a day at the beach, I got home to realize I had lost my engagement and wedding ring. I rushed back the next morning in hopes of finding someone metal detecting, and eventually found one in the area to rent. I searched for 4 hours to no avail. My husband and I went back a few days later, renting the metal detector and searching for 4-5 hours again. And again coming home empty handed.

    Losing jewelry is a horrible feeling…and that feeling is amplified by a 1000 when they are wedding rings. No amount of insurance money would bring back MY rings.

    I had seen advertisements online for the Ring Finders, but I was hesitant to contact them. I had my doubts about identifying the location of my ring for them to find. But after two unsuccessful trips, I figured there was a 50/50 shot they would return them and I took the odds.

    I emailed Keith around 6:30 on a Saturday night, and had an email back within an hour that he would be calling in the morning. He called as promised and agreed to meet my husband back at the beach in around an hour. My hesitation was beginning to ease!

    We showed him the area where we believed the rings had been lost – the area we searched over and over with our rented detector – and he found them in less than 20 minutes.

    Obviously the successful result speaks for itself! We could not be happier with our decision to reach out to Keith and are beyond thrilled that he was able to locate the lost rings.

    In talking with Keith afterwards I found out that he does survival and search/rescue training for his career and he certainly takes that professionalism and determination over into this field. I highly recommend Keith searching for anything of major importance.

  • Keith Wille came out today and found it! How awesome is that?!
    testimonial for Keith Wille (2017)

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    For the last 6 months I have been wearing Eric’s wedding ring on my thumb. It has been a great comfort to me. On Saturday, I was swimming with Sydney and horsing around.

    I threw her in the water by having her step on my hands. As I released her, I felt the ring flying off, but I could not stop it.

    Multiple kids and adult family member searched for it to no avail. Not to be deterred, I went online and found thringfinders.com who have metal detectors that find people’s jewelry, even underwater. Keith Wille came out today and found it! How awesome is that?!

  • His genuine compassion paired with his obvious love for what he does is astounding.
    testimonial for Keith Wille (2017)

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    A white gold wedding band inscribed with personal tributes to our love.

    That ring means so much to me.

    I kissed it every day.

    I would sometimes ask my wife to kiss it to “seal it.”

    I lost a lot of weight in an effort to get healthy when my first son was born.

    My ring no longer fit and I used to remove my ring when I went swimming or exercised.

    I would take it off if I sat in the sun as I was afraid I might sweat and it would slip.

    One afternoon, I was sitting in my backyard enjoying the day.

    I did what I always did: Put my book, water-bottle and my ring under my chair.

    I got on the phone and paced a bit around the yard.

    I went up to the deck and around and down the stairs.

    I also had moved my chair a few times to face the sun.

    After an hour had passed I decided to go inside.

    My ring had disappeared.

    I was mortified.

    I got on hands and knees and looked for hours.

    I took a rake and combed every piece of the area in which I had placed my chair.

    When my son came home I had him looking with me.

    My ring was lost.

    I kept thinking to rent a metal detector, but put that off.

    I read some articles and it seemed a difficult prospect for me to pull off.

    Then I resigned myself to it being lost.

    I guess I had not quite lost hope.

    Two plus years later I happened upon Mr. Wille and ringfinders.com

    I called Mr. Wille up and he was so very kind and patient.

    I explained the situation, what the ring meant to me.

    Mr. Wille understood and told me what he would do to find it.

    I must say that I was taken aback by his level of confidence.

    There was no, “if” or “but” in his words or even in his voice.

    He was going to find this ring.

    I will also add here that all he asked for was money to cover gas.

    This was not possible, but I figured I would try it.

    We set up a date within days of my call and Mr. Wille arrived exactly when he said he would.

    I walked him around my yard and through all my paces from that day and then returned to work at 9 AM.

    I was in a meeting with a colleague when a text came through at 11:20.

    It was a picture Mr. Wille sent to me of my ring.

    He had positioned it gloriously atop a rock and it still glistened in the late morning sun.

    I swear it took everything I had to not cry in that moment (later I cried after the meeting ended).

    I called Mr. Wille and sped home soon thereafter where he showed me the ring.

    I was at a total loss for words.

    He showed me the spot where he found it.

    It was not far from where I had been sitting, but it was 2-3 inches underground.

    He also shared some old coins and various “treasures” he had found in my yard.

    I must say, I was too stunned to hear. To blissed out to really listen.

    I really could not believe that the ring had been returned to me.

    Mr. Wille would not accept much in terms of a reward, but I plan on sending him more via mail anyway and hope he will be hard-pressed to send it back.

    His genuine compassion paired with his obvious love for what he does is astounding.

    I work in a field where empathy, compassion, and kindness are highly valued.

    It is nice to know that people like Mr. Wille are out there compassionately, gently reuniting people with things that are truly priceless.

    My ring, in terms of monetary value, not much.

    My ring, in terms of what it means to my heart, my soul to see it again – I could never have enough money to pay for that.

    Thank you Mr. Wille.

    Namaste~

  • Thank you for your service. I know there will be countless other stories such as mine to come.  
    testimonial for Bill Pendergrass (2017)

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    Bill, 

    I want to thank you again for finding my lost wedding ring. It was lost while doing yardwork. Even though I knew it had to be in a 100 square foot area our dozens of hours searching were futile.  

    My wife even bought a metal detector which we used for a few hours to no avail. It was only when we thought it was truly lost that she found you on The Ring Finders  Directory.  

    I was skeptical however our best efforts had failed and the ring was gone for almost a month at that point. When you arrived you saw the evidence of our search. Small holes throughout the lawn where our metal detector had indicated something, only to be a nickel or a buried can.

    You went to work and within 15 minutes my lost ring was once again in my hands. Words are inadequate to describe the relief felt when you reunited me with that ring. Thank you for your service. I know there will be countless other stories such as mine to come.  

    With many thanks and best regards,

     

    Scott Pinckard

  • Joe was on the beach within an hour with his metal detector.
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    We had come to Waikiki Beach for our honeymoon after getting married in Maryland a few months ago.

    On our first day in the ocean my wedding band slipped off my finger and sunk down to the bottom of the beach. We looked frantically for about an hour using our snorkels, but we figured that it was lost in the sand.

    We spent the rest of that day pretty bummed and convinced that it was lost. The next morning my wife had the idea to post on craigslist the location of the ring and asking for help. Within 10 minutes Joe responded and stated that he would be at the location quickly.

    Joe was on the beach within an hour with his metal detector. Although we were flying to Maui that day, Joe promised to call us if he found anything. As soon as we landed in Maui, we received a call from Joe and were elated when he told us that he found the ring and would be able to send it priority mail to our hotel here, just in time for New Years. Thank you Joe!

  • We are very impressed with Craig and Stephanie! Good – honest people still exist!
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    “We were relaxing at Fort Myers Beach ( FMB ) with the kids. I removed my ring and had put it in my pants pocket. After a few hours and a volleyball game, it was time to leave the beach . . . putting the jeans back on and checking the pocket . . . NO RING!

    Craig and Stephanie from The Ring Finders met us within an hour in the dark and immediately began the search with their metal detectors. Within 15 minutes the ring was found buried in the sand!

    We are very impressed with Craig and Stephanie! Good – honest people still exist! Thanks again!”

  • I didn’t think we’d ever see the ring again. You are a Godsend! Xoxoxo…
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    Thank you so much for finding my husband’s ring Joe! It’s been 7 years since we last visited Hawaii & this time with 2 kids so our heads are all over the place.

    He was pretty upset about it & woke up extra early to rent a metal detector to do his own hunt. I didn’t think we’d ever see the ring again. You are a Godsend! Xoxoxo…

  • Thanks Luke we love you from the bottom of our hearts.
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    YOU are a gift from God. You brought joy into a very sad man’s face. I have love for you and I don’t know how to begin to say thank you. Please don’t stop doing what you are doing. You blessed us. Thanks Luke we love you from the bottom of our hearts. The Galindos

  • I would recommend Luke Schlining he was so kind, caring, professional, and has the biggest heart....
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    God truly does work in amazing ways!!!!! I would recommend Luke Schlining he was so kind, caring, professional, and has the biggest heart....His passion for helping others find there most precious treasures shows in his actions and his heart.....Thank you so much Luke......

  • Jonathan. You’re the man!
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    Jonathan. You’re the man!

    I’m the one who called to see if you’d be willing to come out. You went above and beyond driving out to assist us with the lost keys.

    THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU

  • Finding my ring was a miracle and I am so grateful that Jeff and the ring finders came to my rescue.
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    I received the most meaningful gift, a promise ring, from my boyfriend around Christmas time. What should have been the most happiest time of the year turned into the most tragic event that could ever happen. I lost my ring in my horse's stall. Trying to find my ring was like trying to find a needle in a hay stack. I was so disappointed and heartbroken that my ring was gone. I tried to do everything I could to find the ring before my boyfriend figured out I lost it. My mother came upon the ring finders and found Jeffery Levy close by. He immediately came over the next day after Christmas. Jeff found my ring within a half an hour. Finding my ring was a miracle and I am so grateful that Jeff and the ring finders came to my rescue. Thank you for relieving my worries ring finders.

    Summer Harris

  • I could not be happier with the service provided, and it was truly a pleasure meeting and speaking with Mr. Raate. He is a wonderful person
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    I would like to send my sincere thanks to Mr. H. Connell Raate of The Ring Finders for his help in recovering my lost wedding band.

    After losing some weight, my ring was rather loose on my finger, and of course I waited too long to ​​get it resized. While doing some yard work this past Veteran's Day weekend, I was removing a pile of brush and as I reached in to grab some branches, I felt my ring slip off my finger and fall into the pile. It was no where to be seen and, even after carefully removing the rest of the pile, sifting through the tiny twigs, leaves, and assorted mouse house building materials that covered the ground where the pile once was proved fruitless.

    A quick search online led me to The Ring Finders, and as luck would have it, a member lived nearby. Unfortunately, Mr. Raate was on vacation, but he was confident from my description of what had happened that he would be able to help me upon his return.

    With the hustle bustle of Christmas behind us, and a warm snap that melted the snow, I got back in touch with Mr. Raate and we made arrangements to meet the next day. Mother Nature had given us a few inches of fresh snow, but he was confident. We proceeded to the search area, and with a few adjustments to his metal detector, we soon heard the buzz indicating some hidden treasure was there for the finding. There, about 2-3 inches below the surface of the loose mixture of twigs, leaves, and soil, was my ring. I had looked for almost an hour when I had cleared the pile, to no avail. Mr. Raate had located it and it was back in my hands in less time than it took for me to grab a small gardening spade from the garage as we headed down to search.

    I could not be happier with the service provided, and it was truly a pleasure meeting and speaking with Mr. Raate. He is a wonderful person - kind, friendly, and comforting, and I think he was just as happy to find the ring as I was. After we got back to the house, we talked for quite a while, my wife, he and I, and he described how much he enjoys helping others.

    I know I am deeply grateful for his help. I'm hoping I don't ever need his services again, but if I do, I know I'm calling someone I can count on. Keep up the great work!

    Sincerely,

    Jim Heffron

    Brewerton, NY

  • I cannot begin to thank Jon as well as let all of you know this is a real service and it is definitely a life saver
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    Thank you Jon for finding my sentimental silver ring in the snow!

    I lost my ring, it flew off my hand and landed somewhere in a patch of snow. I googled ring finder Detroit and to my surprise Jon’s name came up.

    I thought why not call and see if he could help because the only way I’m going to find my ring in a couple feet of snow will be with a metal detector. He responded within 15 minutes.

    Very nice man, came over to where I was staying within the hour. Still didn’t know what to expect but was hoping for the best. Jon came and by the time I came back from my errand he found my ring that I had been searching all morning for.

    It was a very special ring to me and this incredible gentleman helped me reclaim a ring that belonged to my mother and when she passed I put it on.

    I cannot begin to thank Jon as well as let all of you know this is a real service and it is definitely a life saver if you are trying to find an item you really do not want to part with.

    I paid what I thought was appropriate and he concurred. Definitely grateful that he came so fast and was able to help me find something that continues to stay on my hand. Thanks again! He’s really great at what he does!!!

  • Thank you so much Jon from the bottom of my almost broken heart!
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    Dear Jon,

    We couldn’t thank you enough for not only coming on the same day we called you, but at night and in the bitter cold no less!

    I lost not only my engagement ring but my wedding band that was only 7 months old.

    I was in a frantic hurry on a frigid cold Wednesday morning. I rushed to get my kids in the car and get the ice scraped off. When I got in my car, I realized my rings were gone!

    I had 2 very generous people come help me search my yard and after no luck and a full days worth of tears, I had almost given up all hope!

    That is when I stumbled upon theringfinders.com and found Jon B!

    I poured through 2 pages of blogged testimonies and decided to call!

    I’m so glad I did! Thank you so much Jon from the bottom of my almost broken heart! The 2 hugs that I gave you weren’t nearly enough!

    Sincerely,

    Andrew & Anell Pike of Westerville, Ohio

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  • I can't put my appreciation for you into words - Stan, you're the man!!!
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    Hi Stan!

    This is Jasleen - you found my ring in the Venice canals over the weekend. Now that all the craziness is over I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did. I had no idea you found it on Sunday , he came to propose (again) that night and I was at such a loss for words.

    Thank you for being so wonderful and genuine. I can't put my appreciation for you into words - Stan, you're the man!!!

  • Thank you so much for coming out in the snow and cold to find my husbands wedding band!
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    Hi Chris,

    Thank you so much for coming out in the snow and cold to find my husbands wedding band! He is beyond happy to have it back on his finger. Hopefully we won't lose anymore rings but if we do or know anyone who does we will highly recommend they contact Ringfinders! Chris is very personable and quick to respond, he saved the day and spread some Christmas cheer as well while he was here! Thank you again!

    Warmest wishes,

    Kirsten and Rob Kirk

  • John and Curtis are the best at what they do. I am so grateful that there are people in the world like them.
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    About 6 months ago, my wife Rosie and I were out at Encinitas beach. We were with a group of friends and spent much of the day playing Frisbee on the beach and diving into the ocean waves. I had worn my wedding ring surfing previously with no issue at all and didn’t think to take it off when getting into the water this time.

    After a few hours at the beach, I suddenly noticed my wedding ring was gone. I had no idea at what point in time I had lost it, but figured it must have slipped off while diving into the waves. Both my wife and I were devastated because we had only been married for about 9 months and I hadn’t even made it a year before losing my ring.

    I ended up finding John and Curtis through a local craigslist ad the next day when attempting to see if anyone had posted about a found ring at Encinitas beach. Initially I was very surprised to find that the Ringfinders website even existed and that there were people like John and Curtis who would go out of their way to help others. I gave John a call and he was very responsive and eager to help me out.

    I met up with him later that day at low tide to go search for the ring and show him where I think I may have lost it. We searched for a few hours scanning the beach up and down but with no luck. At that point, I was fairly convinced that I had lost the ring while out in deep water and that it would never be retrieved.

    John reassured me that him and his partner Curtis would continue looking and notify me if they found a ring that met the description of mine. A few weeks went by and John had sent me the occasional text reminding me that he had not forgotten about my ring and was still on the hunt. I was grateful to hear from him and know that he had not forgotten.

    About two months after losing my ring, my wife and I graduated from physical therapy school and moved back home to Seattle, WA. I had already bought a cheaper tungsten replacement ring that was not the same as my original white gold ring, but would suffice. I figured that my original wedding ring was deep beneath the sand in the Pacific Ocean and would never be found again.

    Then, 6 months after losing my ring, I received a text message from Curtis on Thanksgiving morning. He had been out with his metal detector earlier that morning and found a ring that matched the description of mine.

    He sent me a picture and it looked similar to mine but was discolored with a yellow hue from being in saltwater for so long. I was still not convinced the ring was mine because it had been so long since I lost it, but Curtis told me he had found it at the same beach. I sent him a picture of the receipt indicating the size of the ring and the width of the band.

    He checked the size and width and it was a match. He immediately mailed the ring to me so that I could try it on and confirm that it was mine. Sure enough, two days later, I received the ring in the mail and it was indeed mine. It fit perfectly. My wife and I were both astounded. I took it in to the jeweler the next day and had it re-plated and it now looks just as good as it did when I originally purchased it.

    I could not believe that John and Curtis were able to find my ring 6 months after losing it. What an amazing surprise on Thanksgiving. The even more unbelievable part of the story is that John and Curtis had kept my contact information and remembered me. Six months had gone by and they were still out there searching for my ring.

    I’m sure it takes a lot of effort to keep a log of where people have lost rings, the ring descriptions, and contact information, but John and Curtis are the best at what they do. I am so grateful that there are people in the world like them. They are willing to take time out of their days and go the extra mile to put a smile on other people’s faces.

    I cannot thank them enough for what they’ve done or how happy they have made my wife and I. We now have an amazing story to share with all our friends and family and I am finally reunited with my original wedding ring that my wife and I exchanged our vows with. And I owe it all to John and Curtis and their genuine passion for helping others.

    It’s comforting to know that there are people like them in the world. I would recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat.

    Thank you both so much for all your help, you guys are amazing.

    Sincerely, Connor and Rosie Naccarato

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  • “My dad now has quite the memory of his first vacation in 14 years. . .
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    “My dad now has quite the memory of his first vacation in 14 years. . . It turns out, while we were in Florida, my dad lost his wedding ring in the Gulf of Mexico at one of mine and Eric’s favorite beaches on Captiva Island. He didn’t realize he lost it until halfway through our trip.

    While trying to figure out where he could have lost it, my helpful husband Eric decided to look through our camera to try to narrow down a ballpark time and location.

    We found we had a picture of him with the ring on before going into the ocean on our first day, and one of him right after coming out of the ocean, but without the ring on. Then, no more photos of him with the ring on after that. That was where we narrowed it down to losing it on our favorite beach on Captiva Island.

    I found a site called the TheRingFinders.com and on a whim called a nice man (Craig Ostendorf) who lives in the area. I asked him how good he was at finding rings in the Gulf of Mexico. He said he had a 95% success rate–we all kind of laughed. I told him the location of the beach where we figured my dad had lost the ring, and just a few hours later that evening, he texted me a photo and asked: “Look Familiar?

    It was my dad’s ring! Now, thanks to our investigative work and the services of Craig the ring finder–31 years of marriage and my dad still has his wedding ring.”

  • We are so grateful for Stanley and for The Ring Finders!
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    I just wanted to pass this along and let people know that a service like this exists. The people of the ring finders will go search for your lost article of jewelry with a medal detector and get it back to you if it's there where you describe.

    My fiancé and I had lost a gold ring at the beach and thought it was a gonner. We were both so upset because it has such sentimental value being his grandmothers ring.

    We waited two weeks to call because we didn't know about it and when we did we didn't believe it would be possible to find it even with a medal detector.

    We couldn't believe that when we finally did call, Stanley found it within an hour!

    He went out just as it was about to get dark and lightly rain and found it for us! We asked how much his services are and he said that they do it for gratuity and only want to help people out because at The Ring Finders they understand that rings have so much more value then what the gold is worth.

    We are so grateful for Stanley and for The Ring Finders!

  • A thousand thanks to Chris Turner, Ring Finder Supreme
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    A thousand thanks to Chris Turner, Ring Finder Supreme

    After covering many miles on a day out in Vancouver, I was crushed to discover my wedding ring missing. I retraced my steps but no luck. After returning to Ottawa, and watching 4 days slide by, I had the idea to search online for “lost and found rings Vancouver” and was surprised to discover that The Ring Finders exist! Still without much hope, I reached out to Chris who responded right away and explained that, while it was a long shot, my ring might be at English Bay where I had washed my hands in the ocean. Chris didn’t waste a minute and graciously headed to the beach, knowing it was low tide. It is an enormous understatement to say that I was stunned when he found my ring within 10 minutes! Cheers from my entire family in Ottawa rang out - I am sure Chris heard us from 4000 km away:) Deep thanks to Chris from my husband of 21 years and me. Along with us, you have made so many people happy. What a gift. Now I want to be a ring finder too!

    All the best, Chris.

    You are an angel,

    Carolyn

  • Craig and Stephanie have returned a piece of myself. My ring means the world to me.
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    “I contacted Craig and Stephanie after my prized class ring slid off my finger into the Gulf of Mexico at a Captiva Island beach. I was throwing a football with a family friend on October 1, 2016 when my ring slid off into the water.

    Myself and 3 others searched for an hour or so in the murky water and were unable to locate my ring. The ring was my class ring from Texas A&M University and was given to me by my mother before I moved away for work. The ring had an immense amount of sentimental value to me.

    I returned home to Texas on Monday and thought all hope was lost. Tuesday, October 3, 2016, I was talking with a co-worker about the incident and he said ‘Oh yeah, there is this site of people that will search for your lost rings’. I was initially hesitant, but I decided to take a chance and contact Craig.

    His response was immediate and professional. Within a few moments of talking with Craig, I realized that my ring would be searched for diligently and thoughtfully and my hesitations disappeared. Several hours later, I received a text from Craig with a picture of my ring! They had managed to recover my ring several days later in 3-4 feet of water!

    In closing, Craig and Stephanie have returned a piece of myself. My ring means the world to me. And they did it in such a professional and caring manner. They communicated the whole time, worked hard, and even did the extra little things! What an amazing pair of people. They are simply the best type of people out there for the service they provide!”

  • RJ found the ring!! I can’t thank you enough RJ!!
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    My husband was playing ball and lost his wedding ring!! IN THE OCEAN. The waves were extra wavy that day, too. Anyway, I couldn’t just “let it go”. There had to be a way to get the ring back. So I went on Craigslist for PCB and searched “lost and found”. Most of the ads were for missing/found pets. BUT I found RJ who has a metal detector! He came out the next day, My husband showed him about where he lost the ring, and within 15 minutes RJ found the ring!! I can’t thank you enough RJ!!

  • Miraculously, RJ found my ring...
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    “I could not recommend the ring finders more! I lost my wedding ring in the ocean on a Saturday at 1:30. Within minutes, RJ was there. I gave him the info on where I lost my ring and left almost immediately because I had to get to a wedding. Miraculously, RJ found my ring, and he mailed it back to my house, hundreds of miles away (certified mail no less). He was incredibly courteous and professional. I really got the feeling that he just loves salvage and recovery. Needless to say, my wife and I were both happy that I lucked into RJ.” -Alex

  • Curtis really did save the day!!! Thank you!!!!
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    Curtis was amazing, and helped me find the earring. They sentimental value far exceeded the dollar value. They were the set of earrings my husband gave me on our wedding day and I was heartbroken that I had lost one. I had spent our on my hands and knees trying to find it with zero luck. Curtis really did save the day!!! Thank you!!!!

  • I,100%, recommend Darrin for your lost treasure searches!
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    I am so thankful to have found Darrin! My husband and I were so bummed about losing his ring because we bought it in a different state and it was his perfect ring. Darrin was such a great trooper through the whole process and he put up with me talking his ear off too :)

    I,100%, recommend Darrin for your lost treasure searches! Thanks again, Darrin!!

  • Rob and his wife proved to me that miracles do happen.
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    I am both pleased and honored to comment on Rob’s blog.

    I was absolutely devastated when my engagement ring, wedding band and a family wedding band from 1931, were accidently dropped in the river while I was swimming with friends. I do not think the devastation and grief I felt at that time can be expressed in words.

    After my friend accidently pulled them from my finger, my husband immediately dove and redove in an attempt to reach the bottom of the river to retrieve them; however, the water level was too deep for him to reach the bottom. Fortunately, he and his dad are very “Macgyver” oriented and believe there is a solution to all of life’s problems.

    After telling my father-in-law what happened, he immediately began making phone calls throughout Virginia to inquire what the best underwater detecting gear was and where he could purchase tools to begin recovery. Fortunately, one individual he spoke with had heard of Ring Finders and suggested we contact a professional instead of attempting the rescue ourselves.

    Excited that a group of individuals like Ring Finders existed, we immediately made contact with a group from Ring Finders and were back at the location I lost them one week later. Unfortunately, when things can go wrong they will, and our area was hit with a heavy storm the night before the dive, completely altering the river conditions. They still attempted the search to no avail and promised to return the following year since it was too late in the season to attempt another dive that year. Due to health issues, the individuals that previously searched for my rings last year were unable to go down this year and suggested I attempt to make contact with another diver with Ring Finders – that’s when I found Rob and his lovely wife.

    As Rob mentioned, the ring was lost on private property and it was difficult to arrange everyone’s schedules to make the search happen. Throughout the confusion of coordinating schedules, Rob was gracious, understanding, helpful and considerate. When one date did not work with everyone, he would give me two or three more to work with, eventually making the search happen. He and his amazing wife drove over three hours with all of their equipment to give me one last chance of finding my lost items. While I was not at the sight while they searched, I sent lots of positive vibes, prayers and hope that this would work, and it did – because of them, their dedication, patience and skill set. They sacrificed their personal time, expenses for travel and equipment expenses because a stranger had hope and faith that her lost items could be recovered and that they had a chance of retrieving them for her.

    Rob and his lovely wife not only returned an heirloom that has been in my family since 1931, they also returned my wedding set, which can now also be handed down for many generations to come thanks to their dedication and thoughtfulness.

    I feel that recovering three rings from a river a year after they were lost, that were buried in two inches of silt, 75 feet from the dock in almost 9 feet of water is nothing short of a miracle. Rob and his wife proved to me that miracles do happen.

    So – if you are missing anything of value – monetary or sentimental, do not hesitate to contact Rob and his lovely wife and keep faith and hope that your valuables will be retrieved. He made wonders happen for me and I have no doubt he will try his absolute best to make them happen for you too.

  • You are an amazing human being and an angel
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    Thank you so much Norm. You are an amazing human being and an angel to come out so late at night and helping find the impossible. If it weren’t for you I would have had to have the car taken apart. Thank you again so much!!! Words cannot express how grateful and relieved I feel. Thank you again!!

  • thanks for saving our Honeymoon
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    Kim and I can’t thank Mark enough! We were on the way back to the rental car after a walk on the beach at night when her wedding ring slid off her finger and fell into the sand. We knew the general area it landed in, and got on our hands and knees and searched for it, but nothing.

    Married less than a week earlier, she was obviously distraught and sobbing. A couple of passers by stopped and helped us search in the sand, but no luck. Kim did not want to leave the area, and as Mark mentioned, we stayed overnight in our rental car to make sure no one disturbed the area where we thought the ring fell.

    Out of state and not sure what to do, luckily I found Mark’s name and contact info through The Ring Finders website. Waited until the morning to call, and he was at our location within a half hour. Seemingly within minutes, he had found her ring! What a life saver! We cannot thank Mark enough for his help and are so grateful, and cannot recommend him enough if you run into a similar situation. It was great to meet you Mark and talk with you after, thanks for saving our Honeymoon and an irreplaceable ring!

  • I was thrilled and very impressed with Chris's efficiency.
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    Last Sunday in Louis Hayes park I lost my rings. A set of 3, I found 2, but could not find the other. With evening approaching we left the park. On Monday I asked around to my co-workers if they had any ideas as to what I should do about my dilemma. Chris Dean was referred to me by Ken as a person that searched for lost belongings. Tuesday,

    I searched Facebook, befriended him and messaged Mr. Dean explaining that I lost a ring in Louis Hayes park and was curious if he could ...help.

    Chris was immediately responsive, and began to ask questions about where, when, how. Very impressed by his thoroughness, I had great confidence he could find it that day. However, because of the misplaced location,

    Chris said he would have to get permission from the parks. I sure am glad he knows what he is doing. Chris and his wife met my family down at Louis Hayes on Tuesday to show him the area where I suspected the ring to be.

    To my horror THE GRASS HAD BEEN MOWED! What if the lawn mower had chewed it up so bad, it was no longer wearable? I was worried, but Chris was reassuring and hopeful. Next day, Chris text me a picture of my lost ring! How exciting! I met Chris after work and put my ring back where it belonged. I was thrilled and very impressed with Chris's efficiency. I cannot give enough thank you's for doing a great job.

  • Being reunited with our special ring is a blessing. Thank you Keith for making it possible!
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    Ellen & I grew up in Westerly and Stonington. I moved to San Diego in 1983 with General Dynamics. I do software development for Qualcomm, Inc. We travel back to Westerly multiple times a year. This trip was unplanned, as it was attend the funeral service for my brother Lou. Lou passed away unexpectedly on Aug 2nd. I had been doing a lot of swim training the past few months, in preparation for a charity swim event. Here is a link about the charity a local News station did on the event this past weekend: http://www.cw6sandiego.com/hero-story-bridge-hope-swim-24/ I wanted to continue my swim training while in Westerly. Since the weather was nice, I decided to try ocean swimming instead of pool at the Westerly YMCA. The plan was to meet my niece, Kaitlyn, down at the Westerly Town Beach that morning (Tuesday) for some training.

    In order to get additional exercise, I decided to ride an old 10-speed bike from Westerly to the beach. My wife had been insistent that she drive me down to the beach as opposed to me riding the bike. She was concerned with my safety, but I insisted and rode the bike. Once at the beach, I paced off the various distances from one end of the property to the other also noting the distances between lifeguard chairs. I started at the east end of the Town Beach in waist deep water. When I go surfing, I always put tape around my finger to prevent the ring from sliding off. When I did my swim training in the pools, my wedding ring would become loose, but I always managed to maneuver it back into place preventing it from sliding completely off my hand. After swimming only about 50 yards, I had a sinking feeling (pun intended) in my gut as I realized my wedding ring was no longer on my finger! I immediately stood up, turned to the shore to find a landmark to indicate where I had stopped. It was a sunny morning and nobody else was in the water. My first thought was that “I can find this”! I slowly and methodically made my way back to the starting point of my swim, then returned to my stopping point. I repeated this process for about 45 minutes, hoping and praying I might spot the ring or a reflection off the ring from the sun. I had no luck. I returned to my stopping point, then paced off the distance to the landmark I used when I first realized the ring was gone.

    I biked back into Westerly. During the entire ride back to Westerly, I couldn’t stop thinking about how the ring had now been in the family for a couple generations and that I was the one to lose it, not to mention how my wife would react. I returned to our house and broke the news to my wife. She was naturally very upset by the news, since the ring was not only the representation of our love for one another but also part of our family history. She told me she had a bad feeling all along about the bike ride and swim. Maybe worth noting as to why my wife may have add the “bad feeling”… we were married at St. Michael’s church in 1986 and on Monday we drove by the church to see the construction progress only to see it leveled! We knew they were renovating the church, but were shocked to see it totally gone!

    I next checked the tide schedule, hoping it wasn’t low tide. As you might have guessed, it was dead low tide when I lost the ring, meaning it would be under water for some time. I started to search the internet for waterproof metal detector rentals when I came across https://theringfinders.com. I had never heard of anybody doing this type of work. I found that Keith Wille (www.theringfinders.com/keith.wille ) was fairly local. I read his blog and suddenly got the feeling that there might be some hope. I contacted Keith via email. Keith responded very quickly and also conveyed his sympathy for our losses of my brother Lou and the wedding ring. He assured me that he has had success retrieving rings in water! We tried to schedule a meeting and retrieval the following day (Wednesday), but Keith’s schedule was already full. To complicate things a little, I had to return to San Diego on Thursday morning. Ellen was returning to San Diego a few days after me. Keith told me he would meet me Thursday anytime that was convenient and prior to me heading to the airport. So, as to not be without a wedding ring for the trip, Ellen and I went to Nigrelli’s Jewelry on Wednesday to purchase a potential replacement ring. I say potential because I had faith in Keith! J

    Keith met my wife and I at 8am down at the town beach. It was sunny and the water was calm. My first impressions of Keith, when we exchanged text messages and phone calls, gave me a high level of hope that he was legitimate. When meeting Keith in person, my confidence level went way up that he would find the ring! Keith is clean-cut, professional, in good shape, and military looking. He told me that he teaches survival training to folks in the military & to pilots. Cool! Keith is also a commercial diver. Keith also maintained continuous communication since our initial contact. One thing I noticed on Keith’s ring finger, was a royal blue colored rubber ring. I asked him about it and he told me it was a silicone ring. He wore it when diving so he wouldn’t lose his ring! Interesting because Ellen and I had never seen nor heard of such an item.

    Keith wanted to meet in person to have me physically show him my landmarks, repeat the description of my activities, and get a feel for the distance from the landmark to the water. I showed him the area of the beach/water, landmarks, and distances. At 8:30, we left the beach and headed to Green airport in Warwick. At that time, Keith was returning to his car to retrieve his equipment. Ellen and I had talked about Keith on the ride to Warwick and I told her I had faith in him. There were some good traits about him that gave me confidence! As soon as I checked my bags and got through TSA security, I received a text message from Keith. The text was sent to both Ellen and I. It was a picture of my ring! The picture clearly showed our inscription, so it was easily recognized. I called him immediately and when he answered, I said “I knew you’d find it!” Ellen was driving back to Westerly by this time and called me a short while afterwards. She drove straight to meet Keith at the Town Beach to get the ring. She said that the weather was so strange on the drive back from the airport into Westerly that morning. It went from a nice sunny morning, to heavy rain, thunder and lightning! I told her it was the power in that ring being unleashed because it wasn’t on the right finger!! J

    Keith is GREAT!!! Keith found the ring so quickly. Keith took our loss to heart and went out of his way to meet with us on our schedule. Keith was very humble and gracious when accepting our gratitude. Please, please, please do not hesitate contacting Keith should you find yourself in a similar situation. Keith has a “page of smiles” on his website that has photos of some of the people he has helped – very heartwarming. Every time I tell someone this story and get to the part about Keith finding the ring, their facial expression is one of amazement. And rightly so! They are also intrigued by the work Keith does. Being reunited with our special ring is a blessing. Thank you Keith for making it possible!

  • Jim Wren gave me that chance. My guardian Angel! I
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    I know we have all had those moments in our lives where we would like to have a “ Do-Over”! A moment where you would have done something differently, but we don’t always get that chance.

    Well this time I did get that chance. Jim Wren gave me that chance. My guardian Angel! I was near Holden beach and had taken off all my jewelry except a gold toe ring. Which I never take off. I had not even remembered quite honestly that it was on.

    This was a ring that had been made for me from another special ring. This was irreplaceable! I found Jim’s name on the ring finders.com and that’s where and when my Do Over began.

    Jim made me feel so good with each and every conversation. I had resigned myself to having lost my ring. But Jim’s focus was never how much he was getting paid but finding what meant so much to me.

    It was so obvious that he was passionate about what he did in helping people. He was relentless going repeatedly to the beach for over a week. Never seeming to give up! For that I am eternally grateful!

    Heidi A

  • My friends are amazed by this story and think Stan is a hero. And so do I.
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    It’s ironic that I live close to the beach but never actually go and sit on the beach for pleasure… So the one time I actually did go and sit on the beach with visiting family members was the time I managed to lose my wedding ring.

    I walked down to the beach to join my sister and her family to be social for a couple of hours and we sat there enjoying ourselves in the sun. I took my two rings off to apply sunscreen, put them in the side pocket of my beach chair and forgot all about them.

    I later walked home with my sister, leaving my brother in law to pack up the chairs and supplies and walk to the road where we could pick them up with the car. An hour later, I realised my rings were missing and knew exactly what had happened to them.

    We all raced back to the beach in a terrible panic. The rings were valuable and meaningful and I had worn them both for many years. My daughter managed to find one ring in the sand, right where we had been sitting, so I was hopeful my wedding ring couldn’t be too far away. Despite several of us searching we could not find it.

    Strangers helped us, a passer by with a metal detector tried for two hours to find my ring, but as darkness fell I knew it was lost in the sand and we had run out of time and chances to find it. I went home terribly upset.

    That’s what I got for going to the beach for fun. I had lost my wedding ring of 21 years and had no-one to blame but myself. I loved wearing it and looking it and knowing what it represented and I knew it was my own fault for losing it. It had been custom made for me and was valuable, but its sentimental value was priceless.

    Now I had to go home and tell husband I had lost 21 years of history because I had been careless. As I sat at my computer late that night trying to come to terms with the loss, I googled how to find lost jewelry on the beach and up popped several results for theringfinders website. I never knew it existed. A few mouse clicks led me to Stan, and his page encouraged people like me to call day or night and gave me one last bit of hope that maybe all was not as lost as it seemed.

    I wasn’t ready to give up and accept it was gone forever without one last try, and testimonials on Stan’s page convinced me that maybe it could be found. Stan was calm and nonjudgmental, didn’t mind me calling him so late and only concerned about getting to the beach as soon as possible in the morning.

    I emailed him a picture of my ring and as much detail about where I lost it as I could. He drove out to Malibu and was on the beach in total darkness with his headlamp on, gridding and searching for my ring by 6AM. I was stunned that a total stranger would invest himself in searching for my lost ring before dawn. I was down with him at 6.20 AM. Stan failed to find the ring anywhere near the other one and I was in despair, yet he was positive and determined and refused to give up. My brother in law helped show him the route he had taken towards the road with the chairs and they widened their search.

    At 7.15AM, I saw them huddled over something Stan had found with his detector and sensors and as I walked over to them Stan turned around and held up my ring. I was almost in tears, I was so happy. I couldn’t believe it…

    I threw my arms around Stan, a complete stranger to me, and hugged him as hard as I could on the beach, as the tractor came towards us raking the beach, right where my ring was located. Stan found it, and in the nick of time.

    I guess the moral of the story is to leave your rings at home when you go to the beach, but this saga also taught me never to give up until all hope is lost, and that there are some decent, caring people out there in the world.

    I am so grateful for Stan and his willingness to drive 70 miles in the dead of night to come to my rescue. He is an exceptional, kind human being and I will never forget how he helped reunite me with my beautiful ring. We took him home for coffee and breakfast and he’s a legend now on my FaceBook page. My friends are amazed by this story and think Stan is a hero. And so do I. Stan, I will remember you as long as I live and will always be grateful to you. THANK YOU!!!

  • A huge thank you to Keith Wille.
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    After not being found within a week after I lost my rings, I thought I would never see them again. Turns out, I was wrong. A MONTH after I lost them, The Ring Finders were able to find not one, but both. I’m in shock and so incredibly happy. A huge thank you to Keith Wille.

  • This man went above and beyond and is my hero! We need more people like Stanley Ross!
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    Cool story! On the 10th I went to the beach and while there I took off my chain with my grandfather’s WWII dog tags. These tags are priceless to me and most prized possession.

    Well, l lost them! After searching until the sun went down I went back the following morning, dug up at least 20 sq ft of sand in the same area with no luck.

    On the 12th I hired a local man with a metal detection business to come out and after searching the entire cove for several hours we reluctantly gave up. I’ve been so sad and depressed and had given up hope until I received this message earlier today.

    He had gone back on his own accord with a detector that would search deeper since they were possibly buried by me and/or the tide. He had no luck again but as he left walking along the cliffs he looks up to see a shiny object which turned out to be my grandfather’s tags. A bird had taken them and after deciding they were useless left them on the cliff. This man went above and beyond and is my hero! We need more people like Stanley Ross!

  • Thank you again for bringing joy and laughter back into the family
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    My name is Dennis Pittman and I am the husband of Megan. A few days ago you and your crew shocked us all by finding Megan's ring at Hess Lake. I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for your hard work and dedication to find Megan's ring. When Megan called to tell me know her ring was lost we were all devastated and the thought of finding it never even crossed my mind. The next day was pretty rough trying to decide what to do next while still trying to figure out exactly how something like this could happen.

    After hearing that you and your crew would be attempting to find the ring I honestly wasn't sure how it would go. A big cloudy lake with a small ring just seemed like too difficult a task. However, after the first day of searching when Patrice told me how convinced you were that you would find the ring, my spirits started to change. I was shocked, amazed and so thankful when I got the call that the ring had been found. We now have an incredible story to share rather than a horrible memory of a lost ring.

    Thank you again for bringing joy and laughter back into the family after some disappointing days. Your services and dedication are invaluable.

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Pittman

  • There are so many wonderful people in this country and Keith you are one of them.
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    To the great Finder,

    Keith you don’t know how much I appreciate you finding my wedding band. It was given to me by my late wife and was an emotional tie to her and our fifty years of marriage.

    My wife had great faith in ST Anthony patron saint of lost articles. My son John said I should pray to him. I did not but he did.

    There are so many wonderful people in this country and Keith you are one of them.

    In deep appreciation,

    Elias (Lou) Hage

  • Chris was enthusiastic and well prepaid,
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    "While trying out paddle-boarding for the first time at Kits beach, my wedding ring somehow came off my finger without my knowledge. I only noticed that my ring was missing as I left the water.

    Considering that I had fallen off repeatedly in a very wide area, I just assumed the worst and give up on finding the ring. I informed the lost and found at the beach, and they recommended I look for a metal detector service to find it.

    I went home and searched the net for a bit and found theringfinders.com and found Chris's profile. Thinking my ring was on the ocean floor I didn't have much hope but gave Chris an email. Minuets later my phone was ringing,

    Chris was ready to start the search! We met that very night and Chris was enthusiastic and well prepaid, bringing his underwater metal detector. He searched a wide area over multiple days, while always sending photos, videos and follow-up questions during the search. By reviewing the videos

    Chris was able to narrow down the possible location, and low and behold, he found it the next day, waist high in water! I was speechless and thankful. If you ever lose your ring, I would highly recommend that you give Chris and theringfinders.com site a visit. Chris truly wants you to find your ring and he shows it in his professionalism, commitment and friendliness."

  • Norm was amazing!
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    Norm was amazing! I called at 2pm we met at 4pm. He was very professional and polite! He was patient and thorough with his exploration of the site. He kept searching after I had given up hope. He definitely made my day, I would recommend him to anyone who lost an object!

    -Daniel

  • What an incredible experience this was for me, I thank you with all my heart!!
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    Chris, I cannot thank you enough and express how grateful I am that you found my ring! I was with my son at Spanish Banks beach for the Youth Beach Provincial volleyball tournament and I took off my ring to put sunscreen on him and placed it in the cup holder of my chair. Much to my dismay, I forgot to put immediately back on and proceeded to pick up my chair to go cheer him on in his final match of the day, on the other side of the beach. When I sat down, panic set in as I realized what I had done, and of course my ring was no longer in the cup holder. I desperately retraced my steps, but to no avail, my diamond wedding band I received for my 20th anniversary was lost. Needless to say, I cried for the next two days straight whenever I looked at my finger. While watching the news on Tuesday morning, they played a story about a ring finder who found a ring in the ocean which triggered the idea to look for a ring finder in Vancouver. I admit I was skeptical in the beginning, but I was also desperate to find my ring and would have done almost anything, so I contacted Chris at the Ring Finders. He went to the beach at 11:00 pm to start looking for my ring, after already working a 14 hour day, which already shows what a great person he is. I woke up the next morning to a text with a picture of my ring and the caption “No more crying”, but of course I cried again – but this time they were tears of joy.

    Chris is such an amazing person, he doesn’t charge a fee, only works on a rewards basis and after meeting him in person I can tell that he is really passionate about giving people a happy ending! What an incredible experience this was for me, I thank you with all my heart!!

    Wendy

  • I would recommend Jim for the job without hesitation.
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    To think you can actually recover a lost ring in the ocean. I was reluctant when Eleazar called Jim for help. Jim was true to every word he said to us. He showed up when he said he would and found Eleazar’s ring in that choppy ocean.

    Jim was in knee deep water with jellyfish trying to find something that wasn’t his and not expecting a dime if he found anything. Jim is an amazing person! I am still in shock that he was able to recover my husband’s wedding band! Thank you Jim!

    I would recommend Jim for the job without hesitation. What he did for us and what he can do for others is wonderful! Call him as soon as you lose something on the beach. He will be there within the hour if he’s not on a job.

    He’s so nice, knows what he’s doing, and will keep searching to find your treasure. What a guy!

    Natalie

  • I would recommend him to anyone who has lost an item
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    My husband and I were on vacation in North Myrtle celebrating our anniversary. My husband and daughter were tossing a ball back and forth in the surf and shortly afterwards we realized his wedding band was missing.

    We looked, to no avail, and considered the ring a loss. We were almost sick the rest of the afternoon, but I thought I would put an ad on Craigslist “lost and found” in case an honest person found it. While I was making the post, I saw an ad for Ringfinders.

    I was skeptical, but thought it was worth a shot. I called Jim Wren and he put me at ease right away. He was very professional when we met to show him the area where we thought the ring was, and told me he would call if he found it.

    I really didn’t expect to hear from Jim, but around 7:00 that afternoon he sent a text with a picture of him holding the ring!!! Our prayers were answered, and we couldn’t be more excited to go meet him to get the ring.

    I would recommend him to anyone who has lost an item-he seemed genuinely concerned about us and our feelings. I can’t thank him enough!!”

    Amanda LaCroix Johnson

  • 5 minutes both were found. UNBELIEVABLE!!!
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    Laguna Bch.. Megan and Brad's 17yr. Wedding ring set. Authored by Megan

    Yesterday, at the beach, our vacation took a downturn. I took off my wedding rings to apply sunscreen .... They were not seen again. Our site looked like an archeological dig to no avail.

    Today Brad googled "metal detector Laguna Beach" (we were thinking about renting one) and found a group called The Ring Finders - metal detecting specialists. We called one of them and he came out this afternoon.

    We showed him the area we had been and within 5 minutes both were found. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Vacation saved. So I have to give a shoutout to our guy- Stan Ross! They didn't charge a fee, so while I gave him a huge hug, Brad gave him a wad of cash.

  • Turns out Jim from The Ring Finders of North Myrtle Beach SC was my saving grace!!
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    What began as our first family vacation in years quickly turned the corner when I lost my wedding ring in the Atlantic Ocean 15 minutes into our trip while surfing …

    I thought tonight while in Myrtle Beach we would be celebrating completing the first year of Nurse Practitioner school, surviving a day of surfing, or just being together as a family….

    After hours and hours of walking the beach and several tears being shed, we gave a desperate plea of googling and coming across a local “ring finder.” Turns out Jim from The Ring Finders of North Myrtle Beach SC was my saving grace!!

    He came immediately following our phone call and swept the water up and down and back and forth with his metal detector. Not only did he give me reassurance and confidence that he would find it, even if it meant searching for weeks, he gave me evidence…MY RING!!!!!

    Most people do not know people like Jim are out there ready to help out of the pure goodness of their hearts and with very little recognition! So if your ever in my position… First, take your ring off before you get in the water or know people like Jim are out there just waiting to help!!! Thank you Jim!!!!”

    Jenna Long

  • It was truly a miracle and he is AMAZING!..Thank you Rj Williams and your sweet wife!!
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    Today playing catch with Charlie and Will in the water at Rosemary Beach, my wedding rings flew off my hand and sank into the ocean.

    We were about 60 feet out from the shore on the second sand bar. Both of our families plus other swimmers searched over and hour but no one could find them.

    Then heaven sent Rj Williams (https://theringfinders.com/blog/Rj.Williams/) around 4 in the afternoon with his underwater metal detector & scoop and he found BOTH RINGS in under 5 minutes!!

    It was truly a miracle and he is AMAZING! Keep this name and number in your phone and please pass it along if you are traveling to the Florida beaches. We can’t thank him enough. Thank you Rj Williams and your sweet wife!!

  • Both my husband and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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    I have shared my story with all my friends and family! I am so thankful for you guys and to know there are such nice people like you in the world brightens my day. I wish there was so much more I could do for you both, and one day I hope to give more!

    Both my husband and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Even our 2 year old was thrilled you found my ring! Some things are just irreplaceable and not everyone understands, but I can see that you guys do! Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Patsaneia is one happy lady, after getting her ring back
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    Thank you so much Jim. We are so happy that you found our ring. From the first call,

    you have been so polite and professional. From going out to the Dunes hotel to find our ring. I was hoping to hear back from you soon. After a couple of hours the first text that i had gotten was a picture of our ring in your hand saying you found it. We had our doubts but I can not tell you enough how much relief it was knowing that soon we would have our ring back. Patsaneia is one happy lady, after getting her ring back. Thank you from the both of us

  • Gregg, thank you again so much. I am still at a loss for words and cannot believe that you found my rings yesterday
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    Gregg, thank you again so much. I am still at a loss for words and cannot believe that you found my rings yesterday. I prayed so much and the entire time.... it didn't even feel real! You are a hero to me and the perfect example that if you pray hard enough, God will never let you down, and I owe so much of my happiness right now to you! I feel like I am the talk of my community right now.... Everyone is STUNNNED! I don't think I can say thank you enough. All I have to say is keep doing what you do! I cannot even imagine how much happiness you have brought to people since you have been finding rings. My entire family and friends loved reading your blog post. You said such kind things about my parents and I want to thank you for that as well. I am so happy you enjoyed my moms food (that is my favorite dish she makes!) Thanks again Gregg, and take care.

    Noor

  • Ken was undeterred. "Oh I'll find it,"
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    Canada Day weekend our family was swimming in Okanagan Lake. I reached out to my son and was filled with terror as I realized my wedding ring was gone!

    A panicked search by my husband, son and several helpful beachgoers proved unsuccessful. That was when a gentleman at the beach told me about Ken. He responded to my email almost immediately and was in the water at 5am the next morning.

    He didn't find it that day, but Ken was undeterred. "Oh I'll find it," he said. Sure enough, Tuesday morning, deep in the waters of Okanagan Lake he got a hit and knew it was my ring. He was right!

    Besides the financial value, my wedding ring was created with stones from my mother and grandmothers jewellery and is very dear to me. I had lost all hope of ever finding it.

    Thank you so much Ken!

    Heidi Marshall

  • I am blessed beyond measure to have been able to come across The Ring Finders! What you guys do is phenomenal!
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    Jim,

    I can’t tell you over and over again how amazing you are! My whole family is still in awe that we have my wedding band! When I received the text message from you with the picture of my wedding band – many of us were speechless.

    I am blessed beyond measure to have been able to come across The Ring Finders! What you guys do is phenomenal!

    My thought process in calling you was that I was so incredibly thankful that you would come out but I really did not have a lot of hope. I just didn’t want to leave without a fight when it came to losing my ring set.

    But I still just can’t even put into words my thankfulness to you. you showed up 20 minutes after I called you and the type of person that you are showed from the first time I met you.

    It was pretty reassuring to have such a wonderful person (trustworthy) searching for it. Josh and I are forever grateful. And we’re grateful you feel as though you haven’t given up on my engagement ring!!!”

    Lyndsey Lovett

  • I recently lost my beloved engagement ring and Earl saved the day!
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    Earl,

    Thank you again!

    I recently lost my beloved engagement ring and Earl saved the day! I cannot say enough about how incredibly grateful I am for his willingness to go above and beyond on his holiday weekend to help us out. He was not only an extreme pleasure to meet, but an amazingly talented treasure finder. I can’t express how much the time he spent to search out my ring meant to me and my fiancé. He was absolutely amazing and I am beyond thankful for the work he did to find it for me. Earl is incredible, he is fantastic at what he does and generally an awesome person. His professionalism was exemplary. Thank you so much for your time and expertise, you made me so happy and I am so grateful people like you are out there, I cannot express my gratitude enough. Thank you so much!!

    Thrilled we got to meet you!

    Thank you,

    Paige Ulvi

  • John is definitely a professional that takes this job to heart.I owe a great deal of thanks to John!
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    I lost tungsten carbide wedding ring during a brief foot chase and scuffle with a wanted suspect in the pitch dark field (~0130am). At this point, I went into panic mode for fear of 1)pissing off the wife, and 2)losing something of high sentimental value (Granted the ring itself only costed ~$200) i had 8+ officers on scene with high intensity flashlights helping me search the field, but it would still seem hopeless due to the size of the field.

    I did a quick Google search (still on scene)if a metal detector would help as I could go to the 24hr Walmart and pick it up. I learned that it could help, but an expert with its use would the quickest and higher success rate vs. me buying and trying to learn how to use it blind. I also found Houston Metal Detecting services in my search. Found John was local and bookmarked it to call in the AM. Finished the processing of the suspect (with a really distracted mind of course) and went home.

    I definitely had trouble sleeping and had dreams of finding my ring, only to wake up and not feeling it there. 9AM, I called John Volek and he arranged to meet me at the site within the hour. He sensed my sense of urgency and arranged his schedule to it. Around 10Am, I met John and leaned that he was a brother in blue and a supervisor with his agency. I briefed him on the details and he immediately established a “hot spot” to start the search in the scorching Houston heat. Within 15 mins, he tells me to search an area that he staked. I was using his handheld mini-metal detector to search the staked spots, and this last spot, had the glimmering tungsten ring sitting on top of the grass. A huge feeling of relief and gratefuness came over me and I will remember the exact feeling and vision of finding the ring forever. I don’t know how many times i and other coworkers walked over this very same spot searching the night before!

    John is definitely a professional that takes this job to heart. He shares the sense of urgency and I can tell he loves the look of satisfaction and relief of his customers. To him, it looks as if he finds helping people with this task very rewarding. I was surprised his expertise is UNDERWATER metal detecting. I owe a great deal of thanks to John!

  • It’s really awesome to meet someone who’s so kind and dedicated.
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    Thank you very much Joe!

    Im the guy in the pic above… And I bet you could imagine the panic that was going through my head when I lost the rings! It was also heart wrenching to watch the couple – who put their rings in my hand along with their trust – go through the process of thinking that they would never see their cherished items again. I had to continue with the shoot but the idea popped up about having someone with a metal detector come out and help search for the rings. I did a quick google search and found theringfinders.com and went to USA>Hawaii and gave the first guy a call.. He was kind and helpful. He suggested that I should give Joe a call because he was already preocupied. As Joe said, he called me back and we set a time to meet… he said that he wanted to go ASAP and the sun was already set… We met up around 820pm. Amazed by how dedicated he was to help MY customers! We drove to Waimanalo and I showed him where I lost the rings, he drew a few lines in the sand and went at it. No more than 5 mins later, there they were. I immediately took a pick and sent it to my couple. Our smiles were from ear to ear! We are very grateful for Joes services and kindness. It’s really awesome to meet someone who’s so kind and dedicated. He took a reward for finding the rings which he left up to us and I gave him everything I had in my pocket. He told me that it was too much, but I thought it wasn’t enough.

  • Thank you so much.
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    Thank you so much. I never thought there was even a chance to ever see one of them again.”

  • Gregg was absolutely the best!
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    Gregg was absolutely the best! I don’t know what I would have done if it weren’t for theringfinders.com!

  • Mr John is THE REAL DEAL
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    After calling a few other so called revovery specialists ( won’t mention any names) I ran across Mr John.

    Unlike the others Mr John was concerned about the recovery of my chain. He never mentioned a price which i thought was unique. When Mr J arrived on the scene after a quik meet and greet and a glance at the equipment he was preparing to use i immediately felt hopeful about the recovery of my chain.

    I gave him a recap of how my chain ended up in the lake. Mr John entered the murky chocolate water lake and to my best recollection i pointed out an area where it was. After being under for about 10 minutes Mr John popped up and in a talking in a scuba mask darth vader voice said ” its impossible its too much trash down there ”

    I felt disappointed and began to walk away head hanging down before i could turn all the way around out of the corner of my eye i was blinded by the diamonds and gold

    Mr John was pulling out of his glove.Words couldn’t explain my feeling . If you are reading this and has an item lost and you know about where it is don’t hesitate calling Mr John. YOU WONT REGRET IT THIS IS A TRUE STORY I HAVE BEEN COMPENSATED WITH THE RETURN OF MY CROSS AND CHAIN. Mr John is THE REAL DEAL .

  • Thank you so much, you guys are amazing.”
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    “I made the silly mistake of not removing my wedding ring when I went looking for sea shells in the ocean at Tarpon Bay beach on Sanibel Island. Within a minute or two of being in the water it had slipped off my finger.

    We were devastated especially as Sanibel was where we spent part of our honeymoon almost exactly 5 years ago.

    That evening my wife Emma googled how to find a lost ring in the ocean, she found a website created by a guy in Vancouver for just this sort of problem. It gave details of people in all different areas that specialize in finding items using metal detectors.

    I emailed Craig (at around 9pm) and within minutes he called me and arranged to meet me at the beach the following day.

    I meet Craig and his wife at the car park and they got their gear out and started looking. Just over an hour later Craig found my ring buried 7″ in the sand in around 3′ of water.

    I never thought I would see it again and I am so happy to have it back on my finger. Thank you so much, you guys are amazing.”

  • So, from one dad to another, THANK YOU my friend. THANK YOU, for making my “little girl’s” wish a reality.
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    I don’t know how to thank you, as mere words cannot express the gratitude we have for what you did. You see, Kaley is my daughter. My one and only!

    When she called us at 3:00am and told us her ring was “gone”, our hearts sank. We know how much that ring means to her. We purchased the insurance to replace the ring when we bought it. But, to her it was just “not the same”. Knowing that there was NO WAY she would ever find her ring again, I tried to do what any dad would do. I told her it would be okay, “we will get you another one”.

    In my heart I knew she would never be happy with “another one”. Yet we had to do something! She told us she had contacted you and we thought “1 in a trillion chance” that you would find it.

    When she forwarded us your text and the picture, we were blown away! This couldn’t be. It had to be “lost at sea”, “eaten by fish”, or “buried forever in the shifting sands”. But, YOU did it! You were the one in a trillion. So, from one dad to another, THANK YOU my friend. THANK YOU, for making my “little girl’s” wish a reality. We will be taking her to Kansas in a couple of weeks. I know that that meeting you and knowing what you did, will always be with her. Your kindness and the generosity of your time means so very much. Thank you again! Have a blessed day!

  • The ring was insured, but no amount of insurance money would have given us back what Jim gave us — the original ring
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    We are SO thankful to Jim. His hard work and dedication really made the difference on finding this ring. After the first hour, we thought it was basically hopeless. Jim kept pushing on, trying a different detector, trying different areas and talking to everyone he could to get a better idea of where the ring might be. He was not going to give up — and he didn’t! Strangers on the beach were still cheering and talking about him long after he found our ring.

    The ring was insured, but no amount of insurance money would have given us back what Jim gave us — the original ring with all its associated sentimental value. Jim, you are wonderful man and you turned a potentially very sad situation into a joyous memory we will cherish. Thank you so much!!

    Ed & Diane

  • Huge thanks Constantine! He is was immediately willing to help
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    Constantine you’re amazing!

    Whilst on a camping holiday near Cirencester, my husbands wedding ring came flying off his finger whilst chucking a rugby ball around on the campsite. After an unsuccessful evening of searching in the grass, I googled how to find a lost ring. Theringfinders.com came up and luckily Constantine was reasonably close by in Oxford. After giving him a call, Constantine was at the site and searching within an hour! And I’ve very pleased to say my husbands wedding band was found in one hour! We were so happy to see it and are pretty sure we would be driving home with it if it wasn’t for Constantine. Huge thanks Constantine! He is was immediately willing to help and full of confidence that he would find the ring, which he did! Yay!

  • Jim, you are an angel!
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    Jim, you are an angel! We were mourning the loss of that ring and accepting the fact that it was long gone. Matt was truly heartbroken because it was his original wedding ring. Jewelry can be replaced but that band stands for so much more to both of us. You’ve given us an irreplaceable gift and we will be forever grateful. Yes, we have Gracie to thank, too. When we had given up, the faith and determination of a child delivered us a little miracle. Thank you so much Jim!

  • You guy’s are definitely our hero’s
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    Jim & Matt,

    Thank you so much for looking for my daughters(Mandy F.) ring. She was very heartbroken when she lost it. She tried to hide it but I knew it really affected her. You guy’s are definitely our hero’s and we appreciate all you have done for her and for other’s like her. Not too many good and honest people in this world anymore. Thanks again!

  • Mike is so kind and so helpful…I was so happy I cried!!!
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    I don’t quite know how to thank Mike. I lost a ring that had belonged to my mother that on Mother’s day, I passed along to my daughter. There was so much emotion tied up in the this ring with the connection to my lovely mom! I hunted for six hours on my own, digging through the gardens where I had been working, hunting through, bags of grass seed where I had been planting grass, and sifting through dirt I had dug. I rented a metal detector and came up blank. I called Mike and he kindly came as soon as he could. We spent an hour or two retracing steps and I was beginning to give up hope as I thought that I had looked pretty thoroughly….. Then we heard the beeps and Mike pulled this ring out of the dirt – in a place where I had looked three times! I was so happy I cried!!! It feels like a little part of my mom and I am so happy to be able to pass this on to my daughter. Mike is so kind and so helpful…! I am sure that he has many great stories to tell. Wonderful person!!!

  • John is truly a humanitarian.
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    My wife and I are greatly in debt to John Volek who drove from Sugarland to mustang island and tenaciously worked to find my wife’s wedding ring which was only two months old! John is truly a humanitarian. I appreciated his kindness and understanding. With his expertise and top notch equipment he was able to locate my wife’s ring which ended up in the surf no where near the designated area. I appreciate his skillfulness in not giving up! It’s as though he has a sixth sense!! Just talking to him you can tell he knows what he is doing and genuinely interested in helping people! I would use him again in a heartbeat! Good work John!!!!

    Best regards

    Gary & Martha

  • It was a sickening feeling when I noticed my wedding band was no longer on my finger.
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    It was a sickening feeling when I noticed my wedding band was no longer on my finger. We went back to the beach and, at that point, I hoped it had fallen off where we were sitting on the beach chairs but feared it had fallen off when I was in the lagoon earlier for an hour. Luckily, I had kept to a limited area in the lagoon with some fairly good reference points so I had a good idea of the area where it might be. But as anyone here would know who has lost jewelry in the sandy bottom of the sea, it sinks into the sand. We spent an hour looking for it but had to give up. The hotel suggested contacting someone with a metal detector I found Joe on this site.

    Joe was in California when I called but due back the following afternoon. After speaking with Joe on the phone, I had a lot of confidence that he’d find it. Even though he’d been away from his home and family, Joe literally landed from his flight, went home to grab his gear, and drove through mid-afternoon traffic to reach us at the other side of the island. After I pointed out the search area, he told us to go relax on the beach. We didn’t have much time to do that as he found the ring after about 10 minutes!!

    While I am, of course, so relieved and happy to get the ring back, I was also extremely impressed by how professional, kind and awesome Joe was during the entire experience. I wanted to buy him a drink afterwards but he needed to head off to Waikiki to help another couple in need. And that pretty much sums up the guy he is. Would love to buy you a drink next time we are in Oahu, Joe!

    Mahalo nui loa,

    Steve and Christine

  • What you have achieved is nothing short of a miracle
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    Hi Chris, I am Bradley's mom. What you have achieved is nothing short of a miracle. I know Brad was devastated and has spent hours in the park, as did I on the Friday, looking for the ring. I think Brad & Darrell had a search party and metal detector out on the Thursday as well. We are all so thrilled at what you were able to do for them yesterday. A million thank you's to you!!!!! Also so interesting that you were talking to Arthur (Pops) while you were there. I have no doubt that he was there and that he is also very pleased that his ring is back with Bradley where it belongs!

  • John was professional, prompt and above all successful!!!
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    I thought looking up ring finders on the Internet was a total long shot. It was just the opposite. I found John who works in this region of Texas and called him. To my surprise he answered my call and was able to come immediately. His fee for the outcall was completely reasonable and if the item was found he only expected a reward I could afford. Within 10 minutes of him searching my yard he found it!!!!-my husband’s gold and diamond wedding band. John was professional, prompt and above all successful!!! Thank you John Volek.

  • Thank you again for helping us! God bless you my friend! Mahalo!!!
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    Aloha Joe!!

    My wife and I are still talking about you finding my wedding band!!! Talitha was so disappointed when I’d lost it and after searching with our hands and feet for hours the look of defeat on Talitha’s face was heart breaking. She kept saying it’s not about the monetary value, it’s more about the meaning of us becoming one in the eyes of God. Talitha was so determined to find it and even prayed about it. But we didn’t give up that easy. We saw a lady on the beach with a metal detector and I asked her if it works in the water? She advised there’s a guy who is here ever day around sunset, finds 2-3 rings a day and posts them on the net. We searched high and low for this guy for two days straight and…nothing! After searching the net we found you!

    Talitha is a strong believer that you, Joe, are an angel sent from God. We can’t thank you enough for finding my wedding band, it means the world to us! There was no mucking around with you and to find someone from the net who we barely knew to place the trust in your hands, you are so genuine and so honest…that can only be God’s work. Your services are excellent and with no time at all you found my ring. It’s so nice to be surrounded by good genuine people. We wish you all the success in the world Joe! You have only GOOD karma heading your way. Thank you again for helping us! God bless you my friend! Mahalo!!!

  • Joe came in as a saviour today
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    We can’t thank enough for what Joe has done for us, today. As he correctly mentioned, the ring has a lot of sentiments tied to it.

    Joe came in as a saviour today. He also helped us in calming down and bringing in the positive vibes. I’ve recommended Joe’s services on other blogs as well.

    The local police deptt, was also very happy and thankful to Joe for finding the ring for us. A big vacation continues to be merry!

    Warm Regards,

    Sonali & Nikhil

  • My wife was feeling like she lost her world. Joe made her wish come true
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    Joe was not only a miracle worker by finding my wife’s ring in the ocean he was very helpful on making sure someone else didn’t get to it before he had a chance. Joe was obviously someone you could trust and my wife heard that in his voice in her first phone call with him. The ring was replaceable in my eyes, but my wife was feeling like she lost her world. Joe made her wish come true with his hard work and great attitude. Thanks again Joe!

  • I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with The Ring Finders, and especially with John May.
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    "I will never forget the sinking feeling that overwhelmed me when I realized my necklace was missing.

    It was the morning after I attended the first of our local zoo's Halloween events they have throughout October. I w/,as getting ready the next day when I noticed it. The necklace was not worth a fortune, but it was irreplaceable. It was from the 1920's, an era I am fascinated by, and was a gift that both my husband and sister had chipped in to buy me. I wore it every day, and it had become such a part of me that I didn't think twice about wearing it that night. To put it lightly, when I realized it was missing I absolutely panicked. I searched through all the pictures we had taken that night and looked at the times the pictures were taken to narrow down where I lost it at. I soon realized that I probably lost it in a massive inflatable obstacle course.

    My husband and I sped to the zoo, but the obstacle course was deflated until the next event that night. We searched the grass and the area all around the obstacle course with no luck. I was devastated. We talked to a friend who worked at the zoo, and he told us he would check in the obstacle course again when they inflated it that night. He didn't have any luck either, and I felt completely hopeless. I had spread the word about my missing necklace on Facebook, Craigslist, and had even put an ad in the newspaper. My parents suggested I contact somebody local with a metal detector, and that is how I found John May.

    He was prompt in replying to me, professional, friendly, and was very willing to help. It took time to get the zoo's approval to bring a metal detector in, but finally we coordinated everything and arranged a meeting time that was 12 days after my necklace went missing.

    My hopes were slim since the zoo had been especially busy during this time due to their Halloween events, but I tried my hardest to remain optimistic. When I met John at the zoo, he was absolutely incredible. He told me all about his experience and his metal detector. He had even helped tornado victims find their missing jewelry. I knew if anybody could find my necklace, he could.

    He talked us through everything throughout his search, which was so reassuring (he found a metal pipe in the ground and lots of coins). After 45 minutes of relentless searching, he found my necklace in the obstacle course itself. I was beside myself with excitement, and still am two weeks later.

    I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with The Ring Finders, and especially with John May. He is kind, talented, and selfless in every sense of the word, and it was truly an experience I will always remember fondly. I told my husband as we got in our car that he was a superhero, and I am even convinced that is an understatement.

    Thank you again John, for all you did for me!"

  • It was such a huge relief to find this service.. I am so grateful to Jason and his precious daughter Lacy for finding my ring for me!
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    This ring probably isn’t worth very much monetarily, but it is priceless to me! I was very nervous about having lost it and I knew I didn’t have the time or resources to continue looking. It was such a huge relief to find this service. I am so grateful to Jason and his precious daughter Lacy for finding my ring for me! Thank you so much for your time and putting my mind at ease by finding my ring that means so much to me!

  • We are so blessed - these peaople were so kind and just the greatest! Thank you such Brent and Sylvie!!"
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    "Yesterday morning Sergey and I were taking pictures and he lost his ring, it just fell right off an we panicked. Looking for it all day we lost hope. Called ‪#‎bigislandmetaldetcting‬, 5 hours later with these guys we got our ring back! Sergey dug it up in the place we thought it would be. It was dislodged under a rock about a foot and a half in the sand! We are so blessed - these peaople were so kind and just the greatest! Thank you such Brent and Sylvie!!"

  • But after only 15 minutes of searching, John found my beautiful engagement ring
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    There are not enough words to express my gratitude for what John has brought back to me. I felt hopeless and extremely sad when I realized I had lost my engagement ring.

    I literally tore my house apart looking for it; even took off from work the following day just to keep searching for it. I Became desperate and purchased a metal detector myself but was even more frustrated when I didn’t understand how to work it.

    That’s when I decided to hire a professional and came across John’s name on the ringfinders website. After talking to him over the phone, I just knew everything was going to be alright.

    I never met him before but his confidence along with reading the miracles he has done for others, I knew there was hope. And sure enough, John was my life saver! I don’t know if it was a coincidence that I came across his page and that he lived so close to us or if it were just God answering my prayers.

    But after only 15 minutes of searching, John found my beautiful engagement ring (while my fiancé and I had searched for two and a half days). If I would’ve known about John before, I could’ve saved myself the headache along with time and money. So if you’re ever in the same position, I highly recommend contacting John. Not only is he professional and comes with the best equipment, but he genuinely is a great man and will most likely find whatever it is that you lost.

  • I cannot say enough how wonderful The Ring Finders and especially Mike McInroe are!
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    Good afternoon. I really apologize for this taking so long to write. The days just get away from us!We talk about you all the time and how very special you are to us!! Here is our story....

    August, 2015 we were having a wonderful trip to Daytona Beach, Florida with the family. The weather was great. My 9 year old daughter has always wanted to learn to surf, so on Wednesday, August 5th I rented us a surf board to try out.

    She was doing really good and I decided to give it a go. I had fun. Only had one really big spill. I walked up on the beach to rest a bit and I noticed that engagement ring was missing. I was upset. We looked up and down the beach and in the water as best as we could. I knew I had it on at one point while surfing. We checked everyone's pictures of me surfing and saw it on my finger until that last wipeout.

    The rest of that day and well into the night we searched. My brother-in-law has a metal detector and we used that. We met a retired Marine on the beach who does a lot of metal detecting. He gave us tips and even came out the next morning to help. Some guys at our hotel mentioned that there were people who did this for a living. My fiancé researched some that night and found Ring Finders and 2 men who cover the Daytona area.

    The next morning we bought a metal detector and kept looking. For 2 more days we looked. On August 8th we had my brother-in-law, the retired Marine and us out on the beach looking. We were having no luck! My fiancé made the decision to call The Ring Finders and said everything said choose Mike McInroe! He was awesome on the phone and made us feel better. We couldn't believe that he only charged for gas money and a small reward IF he was successful!!

    He was at our hotel within 2 hours! He got suited up and told us not to get too excited every time he picked something up....we would know when he found the ring. He was so positive!

    We sat in the beach and watched. Within an hour he stood up and raised his hand!! Oh my!! I wish someone had had a video of me flying through the surf to get to him!! There were tears and hugs and laughter.

    I cannot say enough how wonderful The Ring Finders and especially Mike McInroe are! He gave me back something that is very precious to me!! I will never be able to truly repay him!

    Chante' Beyer

  • John made the impossible possible for us. Thank you John!
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    Two days into our vacation, a Sunday, my wife lost her Aggie class ring in about 4 feet of water and 60 paces from the shore of Bolivar Peninsula in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Four of us spent about half an hour searching for it with no success. To put it mildly, we were both very upset as we both have these class rings and they are very sentimental to us. She had given it up as gone forever, and I mean she actively told me to not waste more of our vacation time worrying about it. However, I knew she was pretty upset about it.

    I called John on Monday morning (without her knowing) and explained to him what had happened on his voicemail. Within about 45 minutes he called me back and asked me a LOT of questions. The specifics of what he was asking sparked some hope for me that maybe it was not impossible to recover the ring.

    He told me that he would be there on Tuesday morning to begin the search. By this time, I had informed my wife that I had hired John to conduct a search. She was not enthused about it, but I told her we needed to give it one good try. John showed up Tuesday, introduced himself, and we explained what happened.

    He spent the next ten minutes putting on equipment and pulling out gear from his truck. This process convinced me that I had made the right choice. This wasn’t just a guy with a metal detector–he had a game plan. Twenty minutes later John says, “You got your camera ready?” John handed me my wife’s ring and we walked it up to her.

    She told me that she thought the whole thing was a dream. All of this to say, if you lost your ring, give John a shot at finding it. John made the impossible possible for us. Thank you John!

  • I cannot thank Constantine enough for his skill, determination and perseverance.
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    In February 2015 I was feeding the ducks with my young son at my local National Forest Park on a very cold day. As I helped my son to feed the ducks I threw bread and my heat turned over as I heard the distinctive ‘plop’ of my engagement ring fall into the water. I waded in but as I was on my own I couldn’t do much as my son would have been in danger.

    I was really quite distraught. The platinum engagement ring was purchased by my husband 9 years previously. It was of great sentimental value for obvious reasons. It also featured heavily in photos of me holding each of my new-born children photos. I took a photo of where I thought the ring had fallen in the lake.

    My brilliant husband spent a freezing February morning searching for the ring but he didn’t have the appropriate clothing or equipment. I tracked down a metal detector from the West Midlands who came out to search for the ring twice but it was to no avail. The Insurance Company had by now told me that we weren’t covered by our policy and with 3 young children to care for, we knew we couldn’t afford to replace the ring.

    We all but gave up hope. Then last week, something prompted me to think of trying again. I found the ring finders website and contacted Constantine. He made it very easy for me and got in touch quickly to organise coming to search. He asked me to let the local park rangers know he was coming which I did and then he arrive on a gorgeously sunny October morning.

    Constantine told us he would search for around 3 hours. My husband joined him on occasion helping to get rid of some of the weed. My children all came to watch but after a couple of hours went home with their grandparents.

    The search started at 10.30am. At around 1.20pm (just ten minutes short of the 3 hours!), my husband and I were sat on a bench feeling sure that the ring must have disappeared for good, perhaps swallowed up by a swan and distributed elsewhere! Then to our utter amazement we saw Constantine hold up something. He was beaming!

    To our absolute shock, it was my ring, much closer to the edge than I imagined and in immaculate condition. I was totally flabbergasted and emotional. I still can’t really believe that the ring is on my finger and not at the bottom of a lake. I cannot thank Constantine enough for his skill, determination and perseverance. We are delighted that one day I can pass on my ring to my only daughter and simply cannot find the words to express our joy at finding something that is so special to us.

  • Where there is great love, there are always miracles.-
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    Where there is great love, there are always miracles.- Willa Cather. I love my wife. I love the life we have built together, and I often think about the day that I made her mine forever. Our wedding bands symbolize that commitment we made to one another. My wedding band not only puts the world on notice that I am married to a wonderful woman, but also is a reminder that I have a strong, beautiful lady by my side. A few weeks ago I took my family to the beach in Carlsbad. My wife and I know it is a hassle to bring our young children to the beach, but being that I am deploying very soon we wanted to give them a fun day out.

    While there, I decided to take a dip in the water to cool off. As I walking out of the ocean, I immediately could tell that my finger felt lighter. I looked down and I realized, to my horror, that my wedding band was gone. I was very sad and I knew my wife would be when I told her. When you lose something so small like that in an ocean you don’t expect to ever see it again. My wife was very sad and I could tell she assumed it was gone forever too. We stood on the shore for about ten minutes to see if it had washed up, but deep down we knew it would be impossible to find, so we went home. Over the next few days we talked about how we would save to pay for a new ring while I was deployed. We were both devastated though because the sentimental value of the ring would forever be gone…..

    Then my wife found John Hughes on TheRingFinders.com. We had just put the kids to sleep on Wednesday night (four days since the ring was lost) and unbeknownst to me, my wife had come across an ad on a local resale page for John’s website. She thought it was a weird coincidence and after looking at the website she emailed John. I don’t think either of us really expected anything to come from the email, but my wife is a woman of faith.

    John called me the next day and asked me all about the ring, where I lost it, and other important details. We met with him and his partner, Curtis, on Thursday evening at Carlsbad Beach. John told us that he had a good feeling about finding the ring and that he and Curtis would be searching all night. We were so impressed that these strangers were so willing to help us even just look for the ring. Then to our complete surprise and elation, John called the next morning to inform me that he had found my ring!! It was such a wonderful and happy day. John and Curtis had managed to take on the ocean and give me back such a special possession of mine. We are so truly thankful for their help. These great men even declined our offer to tip them. There are still great people in this world, and John and Curtis are two of those people. Even an ocean can’t stand in the way of true love.

  • Mark, Words cannot begin to express the gratitude I have in my heart...
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    Mark, Words cannot begin to express the gratitude I have in my heart for the return of my wedding ring. I had nearly lost all hope but decided to give it a shot by contacting you. You were quick to return my call and by sharing your knowledge & experience of beach searches, I started to have a glimmer of hope. You made time for my search that day even though you had already spent most the day in the surf. Your professionalism & experience really showed in the time you spent to get as much detail as possible. I will forever be thankful God blessed me to find you & that through your patience and skill, you were able to return such a sentimental piece of me. Thank you!!!

  • Nothing is impossible, even if it seems like it is .
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    my story / So as you all know , I left Sacramento yesterday to go on a trip with some great friends to pismo beach . We got here and got settled and then ventured out to check out the beach . I was so happy to be at the beach I just feel like a little kid when I’m by the water . Me and my friends walked towards the waves laughing and playing and everyone was having a great time . Until something horrible happened .. A nightmare … I FELT MY WEDDING BAND SLIP FROM MY FINGER . I can’t really explain how I felt at that moment .. My heart felt like it completely stopped . The waves took it , it was gone . Only being a couple of hours in enjoying my trip that all ended .. Me and my friends on our hands and knees feeling for my ring . One of my friends walking up and down the beach telling everyone . I was in tears .. As I was walking along the beach , I was crying out to god “please let me find it .. “Please let it wash up to the shore”. But I knew it was gone . My wonderful friends didn’t give up , one insisted we go on a search hunt to find a metal detector .. So we did . We found one at BIG FIVE . Not knowing what the hell we were doing we went back later that evening . It was getting dark but my friends didn’t want to give up , by that time I was keeping in contact with my husband , heartbroken , my husband just told me to let it go and try to enjoy my trip even tho deep down it made him sick . We searched and then gave up it was way too dark and freezing cold .. We talked about coming back in the morning , but I just told my friends there’s no hope .. It’s GONE . Let’s just enjoy our trip , I just didn’t even wanna think about it anymore . But my friends were constant ., they had more hope then me ! We went back the next morning bright and early 6:45 walking up and down the beach with our metal detector … And NOTHING. We noticed this man further down the beach with a metal detector all the sudden out of nowhere , my friend runs up to him . He comes and talks to all of us . He was showing us how to correctly use the metal detector and chatting with us for a minute . He mentioned that he knew a guy that is a ring finder and he gave us his number . And all I have to say was WHAT A BLESSING ! We called him , his name was Larry . He met us about 45 minutes later walking down the beach .. A big jolly man that looked like Santa , he was well equipped with his metal detector gear . Now seeing this guy I was still thinking there’s no way . He talked to us told is a little about himself .. He has been a treasure hunter for the past 15 years .. He comes out every day at 4 in the morning . He has found over 36 rings , two watches and I’m sure many other things . That’s not all ! He has a website .. He post his findings on his website , he finds and helps people at pismo that lose there Jewelry. He does this out of the kindness of his heart .. Of course people end up giving him some kind of reward but you can tell he just loves to do this for others just to see them smile . To make a long story kind of short lol .. He asked me questions on where about we were when I lost it . I tried my best to show him . He told me he would look and see what he could do . Me and my friends stayed on the beach and watched Larry walk up and down the beach about 3 times tracking .. Until all the sudden I look up to him digging .. He came across something .. He played it cool and started walking towards us . Now I had no clue at all what he could have found and I definitely didn’t think he would have found my ring since we were far out .. At this point It was 24 hours since I had lost it . Well he walks up to us and we are sitting there on the beach . With his little catcher stick he looks at me and says “this wouldn’t be your ring would it ? With a smile on his face and I took a glance in complete shock a disbelief . Sure enough . Larry FOUND MY WEDDING BAND!!! I’m still in complete shock !! This was not luck folks this was GOD!! I called my husband and woke him up to the news . He couldn’t believe it , I can’t believe it . People were stopping on the beach in tears , we were all in tears . I must of hugged that man so hard !!! I guess the message I have for anyone reading this is never lose faith .. Nothing is impossible, even if it seems like it is . Even tho yesterday seemed like the worst day ….I honestly felt like just ending this trip and going home .. I wouldn’t change a thing about anything that happened . God continues to amaze me .. Every person we came across along the way on this trip about my lost ring were all so kind . I got the privilege to meet and hear this amazing man Larry , I got to hear his story . My friends really stood by my side this whole trip and even contributed there time and even money .. I’m so thankful and grateful . It wasn’t about my ring being expensive or the diamonds ..it was the ring my husband put on my finger and asked me to be his wife , it was the ring i was going to pass down to one of my children .. It meant something to me … And I can proudly say that I have it back where it belongs … Thank you lord , thank you Larry and thank you to my amazing friends .. To top it off my story with my picture will be posted on his website tomorrow! Just amazing , I will never forget this trip !! My friend caught a lot of this on camera . Excuse the happy tears I couldn’t stop crying I still can't stop

  • I can attest how happy Thomas was to have his ring back.
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    Hi Bob!

    I can attest how happy Thomas was to have his ring back. It’s called an Iron Ring. Originally they were made from a piece of iron pipe, cut to make a ring. They are to be worn on the working hand of the engineer to remind the engineer as they are working (or writing) about their obligations to society. The one you found was his father’s (which no longer fit him) and so when it was time for Thomas to get his iron ring, he bought one in the size his father needed and his father gave him his old ring at the official Iron Ring ceremony this past year. His grandfather, also an engineer, was more frugal when he lost his iron ring: he cut off a piece of iron pipe and polished it and that’s what he wears to this day (he’s 96 now). It’s all in the family because his uncle, cousin, and cousin’s wife are also engineers so everyone would have noticed the missing ring for sure!

    We’re waiting for the story of the next ring…lost 31 years ago and found by you before you found Thomas’. That ring was also a family ring, given from a father to a son who lost it. If I’d been in the family 31 years ago, I would have know about the story and told you right away. But it was Thomas’ aunt who knew immediately whose ring you’d found and called them to tell them.

    …Janet (Thomas’ mum)

  • ​I am lucky to have been aided by TheRingfinders. Richard Browne.
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    “​I am lucky to have been aided by TheRingfinders. Richard Browne. My wife, Mary Langton, lost her engagement ring in rough surf when we were swimming in South Yarmouth, MA. We were devastated, and spent the rest of the day and night searching for it.

    We went back the following day when the water was more clear and less rough and searched again. Others along the beach caught word of our plight and attempted to assist us. Our searching was ultimately unsuccessful.

    ​After two days we figured that there was no hope in finding the ring. That was until Mary came across the website for TheRingfinders. We called the number and were fortunate enough to speak with Richard Browne. He was courteous, prompt and professional.

    He met us at the beach in less than fifteen minutes.

    ​Richard used his thorough technique and was able to locate the ring in an inch of sand, very close to where the ring was originally lost. Richard even let Mary take the ring out of the sand grate after he found it.

    He brought Mary to tears when he gave her the ring back. This took him no longer than five minutes.

    ​It was an amazing experience and Richard truly made the best of what was originally a sad and frustrating situation. We are forever grateful to Richard for his professionalism, his skill and his compassion. I can’t speak well enough about the way he was able to help us. Thank you Richard!”

    – Peter F. Cavanagh

  • I will never be able to tell you how much this means to my family...
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    Thank you so very much for your time in finding the ring. I handed the rings down to Corey and Kim as they belonged to my mom and dad. Since Corey was their youngest grandchild and I was their only daughter I felt this to be an amazing thing to do. Once again thanks again for finding it.

    I am Corey's Father and Kim's Father-in-law (now)... smile Thank you so much for finding the ring... There is no way we would have been able to find it on our own... The ring had more sentimental value than actual value, but I will never be able to tell you how much this means to my family... Thank you for taking the time to come and help...

  • I’m still shocked that you actually found the ring!
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    I’m still shocked that you actually found the ring! If it weren’t for you & Don’s huge hearts & selfless determination, I can honestly say that my fiance & I would be unable to fully appreciate our trip to Hawaii! Thank you so much for rescuing the nicest thing I’ve ever received from the bottom of the Pacific! You restored my hope when I thought it was lost & my fiance Brian and I will forever be great ful to you both! Thank you again!!!!

  • Who knew there are people who specialize in finding lost rings!
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    Hello,

    I still can't believe I lost the ring exactly a year after I received it, at the exact spot! We spent our romantic evening digging through sand (and crying) thinking the ring was swept by the wave.The next morning we came back to look some more hoping it will magically reappear, but yet again no luck. In times of despair, we considered buying our own metal detector, but we are soooo glad we decided to call Brent and Sylvie instead. Who knew there are people who specialize in finding lost rings!

    Brent and Sylvie are very sweet, fair and genuine. Brent went fast to work without even asking for the money upfront. I was warned not to get my hopes up if he finds something fast because most of the time it will be junk. Brent took the first scoop of sand out and I turned away because I did not want to see what "junk" object he found. I did not hear anything so I turned back and looked at Brent; he smiled and gestured for me to come look into the silver bucket. It was my ring!

    I spent the night thinking I will never find my ring, so it was a very joyful moment for all of us. Brent and Sylvie were very happy for us which made it even more special!

    Thank you Brent and Sylvie, 5 stars for you!

    Martyna M.

  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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    Hi Rick,

    As I sit and look at my wedding ring you found, rest assured we are extremely appreciative that you took the time for us. After losing my wedding band on Saturday and my wife loosing her diamond stone from her setting on Sunday, believe me it was a weekend filled with heartache and emotional lows. When we met on Tuesday, I was hopeful to restore a glimmer of promise that we would be successful. For I had felt naked since Saturday. A deep sinking feeling was at the pit of my stomach each time I peered at my stripped finger.

    After getting in the water and bringing you to the last spot I believed it was, you took less than 3 minutes and under 3 feet from the mark to bring my emotions to an elevated state. We can’t thank you enough for your successful attempt to recover my ring. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • A man of many miracles, an angel on earth!!!
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    Jim,

    You are a kind, amazing man!!! A man of many miracles, an angel on earth!!! I cried when my husband showed me his lost ring that you found after 4 days and heavy storms!! When he lost it, I didn’t think we would ever see it again! I wish I would have been there to personally give you a hug!! What you do is wonderful and I am thankful for your help!!! Thanks so much!!!

  • You truly provide a wonderful service and will recommend you to any of our friends who find themselves missing something and in need of help.
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    Hi Stan,

    You may remember me, my name is Kurt and I met you on the Balboa Pier beach in Newport Beach on June 22, 2015. My wife had lost her engagement ring in the sand on Father's Day after talking it off to apply sunscreen on our boys, and I came back the following day with a "Mickey-Mouse" metal detector in hopes of trying to find it. You found the ring not long before I got there and graciously offered it to me to return to my wife.

    It was pretty amazing that our paths crossed that day, as the chances of meeting on that beach, at that time, at that location, and at that time seemed improbable. She was very happy to have her ring back, not because of any monetary value but for sentimental reasons. That was the ring we used for our ceremony and was inscribed for her, "My (heart), my Life, My Shannon". In addition, my wife's parents both passed away a few years ago and she was having a hard time learning to forgive her father. In a way it almost seemed that our meeting was Devine intervention; a Father's Day apology if you will.

    Anyhow, as a token of our appreciation we would like to give you a small gift (herein). I wish we could give more, although raising toddlers is proving to be more demanding than we thought (mentally and financially)! You truly provide a wonderful service and will recommend you to any of our friends who find themselves missing something and in need of help. Once again, thanks.

    Kurt and Shannon

  • My Kids will be talking about the Super Man with the cool special metal detector
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    Joe: thanks again for all your help today!! You are awesome!!!

    My Kids will be talking about the Super Man with the cool special metal detector for days!!!

    Happy mommy , happy husband , happy kids!!

    Soraya//

  • it’s a reminder that there are great, kind people out there.
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    “Reese, Ty and I want to thank you for returning Jeff’s class ring.

    Such a kind and wonderful thing you do. Jeff was very athletic through high school and college. He was your typical gym rat.

    Jeff earned his college degrees in Special Education. He was a teacher & administrator for 37 years. We have 2 sons – Ty and Brady.

    I am so grateful to have them in my life. Thank you so much for your time and research into the rings origin, it’s a reminder that there are great, kind people out there. – Janet L”

  • We’re very grateful for Stan’s services, and we give him our absolute highest recommendations.
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    Stan,

    Thanks again for finding my ring. I was attending my daughter’s beach volleyball tournament at Huntington Beach. During the game, an errant volleyball headed into the crowd towards me.

    I instinctively shot my left hand up into the air in an attempt to deflect the ball, and as I did, I felt my wedding ring fly off my finger. My wife and I looked around for it frantically, knowing that with each person walking by and kicking up sand, our chances of finding it were dwindling.

    After searching for about a half an hour, and seeing person after person kicking up sand and surely burying my ring, we resigned ourselves to having lost it for good.

    Later that day, upon returning to our hotel and preparing to leave Los Angeles, I got on the internet and conducted a Google search for folks with metal detectors in the Huntington Beach area.

    I found Stan Ross on www.TheRingFinders.com and I called him from the airport as I was awaiting my flight.

    Stan was on the case in no time, and he kept me apprised of his status as he scanned the beach and I got ready to get on my flight.

    Then, just before departing, Stan texted me with a triumphant pic of my ring. He had found it! My wife and I were ecstatic! Luckily, my wife and kids had already planned to stay an extra day at the beach, so they were able to meet Stan and get my ring back.

    We’re very grateful for Stan’s services, and we give him our absolute highest recommendations. Thanks again Stan.

  • To say that what they do is selfless and kind is an understatement.

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    This is me and my fiance in the photo. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Mike and express our thankfulness for what he did for us.

    There’s not many words that can describe the hopelessness that we felt in the hours after the ring was initially lost. Searching on our own was proving futile and we had never heard of a service such as the one that Mike and his group provide.

    To say that what they do is selfless and kind is an understatement. He was compassionate and only wanted to see us reunited with the ring that meant so much to us.

    Watching him pull the ring up out of the water and smile as he held it high for us to see was an incredible feeling and the more we smiled so did he. When asked what we could do to repay him he responded by letting us know that donations for the club were accepted on the website.

    This is not enough but we have gladly donated what we could. We want Mike to know that he will always hold a special place in our hearts and will not be forgotten.

    Thank you so much to you and all those out there like you.

    Andrew & Danielle

  • What you did and do often is PRICELESS!!!!

    STAN THE MAN!!

    I am John’s dad I was there when both the ring was lost Playing football. The look on Laurens face when the ring flew off is something nobody wants to ever experience.

    All that were there search for hours and hours on end with no luck, most gave up thought it never be found again.

    But John didn’t want to give up posted something online looking for help, which I was very skeptical about him meeting “strangers” but then I must say that it turned out to be an awesome experience, by meeting Stan and to see his great attitude and willingness to help others voluntarily was amazing,I met a great guy yesterday, needless to say so did my son and Lauren.

    The rest of the family that was there also sends out their upmost gratitude!! What you did and do often is PRICELESS!!!!. You will be in our family stories for a lifetime. The world needs more people like Stan..

    Thank you so much,

    From the Frabotta’s, Gottschaulks & Nathan

  • It is such a relief to have the ring back. Thank you so much!!
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    We had almost given up hope after fairly extensive searches and were convinced that it wasn't at the field anymore. As a last resort, I posted a few notices to in the off chance that someone honest would find the ring and see the posting. Great for us that you replied to the craigslist post and agreed to come help look. I was resigned to having lost it and timing was bad with 20th anniversary coming up in September. It is such a relief to have the ring back. Thank you so much!!

    Cheers,

    Doug

  • We are so thankful to Jim for recovering something that had such great sentimental value to us.
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    A year ago my hubby lost his wedding ring of 11 years the same week that he was scheduled to ship out to South Korea for a year long Army deployment.

    He was jumping on our backyard trampoline with our two children when he felt the ring fly off. He had lost some weight since we were married and I had been telling him to get it resized; not that I’m saying I TOLD HIM SO or anything of the kind.

    The four of us searched the perimeter to no avail. We brought out the child’s metal detector that we already had but it dinged on everything on the ground.

    Seven months and many rainy and frigid days later, I gave up on ever finding it and bought him a new ring for Christmas. He wasn’t entirely thrilled with it; he was still attached to the original ring because I had had it engraved inside with a surprise “inside joke” phrase between us.

    This April, the year in Korea was finally coming to an end and I figured I’d call in a professional as a last ditch effort before we moved away from Fort Meade the following month.

    My husband scoffed at the idea of Ringfinders locating his lost band, but I called Jim Wagner. I was immediately impressed at how professional and thorough he was on the phone with his questions and comments.

    The day he arrived I wasn’t expecting him to find anything, but he was confident and his efforts paid off in about 15 minutes! The ring was lodged in the mud close to the trampoline.

    My hubby was in such disbelief that he asked me to email him a photo as proof!

    We are so thankful to Jim for recovering something that had such great sentimental value to us.

    Dina and Jason, Fort Meade

  • Jason was so professional and prompt.
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    Despite the fact that Jason published a picture of me with wet hair, I am still very happy! Haha! :) Jason was so professional and prompt. His experience and expertise was very evident from the very first time I talked with him. Thank you for helping us, Jason! My son will need to find a new story to act out from now on!

    ~Melissa

  • This experience was truly incredible, overwhelming, unbelievable, and amazing!
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    John is a fantastic person and extremely determined in his recovery efforts. This experience was truly incredible, overwhelming, unbelievable, and amazing! Although I was very hopeful we could recover this ring for my son, I also knew the location conditions would present quite a challenge. I still find myself in awe that it actually happened! I don’t think words can express the overwhelming joy and gratitude I felt when John emerged from the water and presented the ring on his gloved finger!

  • Paul Davies was used to answer my prayer
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    Paul Davies was used to answer my prayer. I had been doing the “spring cleanup” in my garden when I noticed that the most precious of all my earthly possessions, my deceased father’s gold wedding band, was no longer on my finger. This ring was a family heirloom, promised to my son as a memento of his grandfather’s love. I had searched the garden on my hands and knees, dug up the flower bed again and sifted through bags of yard waste, before giving up. My heart was deeply pained with the loss. I would have gladly given up (literally) anything I owned to see the ring on my finger again and to know that my son would wear it one day.

    Although I was almost without hope, I decided to search the internet for someone with a metal detector. I came across Mr. Davies and contacted him. He replied to me quickly and came to my property in Toronto to conduct the search. Within 10 minutes, the lost ring was back on my finger! I will be forever grateful.

    Vivian

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  • I am so beyond grateful! I jumped up and hugged him with tears down my face
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    So, Drew and I decided we would take a night to go watch the sunset at Calafia state beach in San Clemente (about 5 min drive from our house ) as a way to celebrate our engagement and get some time for just the two of us -kid-free woo hoo!

    Like always though, we are scrambling to gather a few items to bring (champagne, blanket, etc.) and rushing out the door to make it before the sun goes down while trying to say bye to the kids etc.

    We make it out the door and I even remembered my camera! When we get there I decided to put the self-timer on my camera, lay out the blanket and snap a few pics of us. I notice their is a lot of seaweed obnoxiously photo bombing us and to avoid having to Photoshop it later, I quickly start to brush it away with my hands far from our blanket where we are sitting.

    I continuously run to and from the camera to try to get a good shot with the self-timer. As we are taking pictures, I suddenly notice the engagement ring is no longer on my finger!!

    Drew and I both panicked, retracing our steps frantically everywhere . Here we are, 15 minutes before the sun goes down , crowds of people on the beach, and we are searching for my ring. I start thinking hard , “Did I have it on before we left the house?

    Did it fall off in the sand? Did it fall off when I took off my sandals in the sand? “ etc. I start hearing my mother-in-laws nagging voice in my head “you should have worn it on your middle finger until you got it re-sized!”

    The ring was loose and too big and we hadn’t had a chance to get it resized yet.

    Anyways, we search the car, the camera bag , go back to the house , retrace all steps in the sand- NOTHING.

    At this point its pitch black outside and we are freezing our butts off losing all hope that we will find it , the tide is starting to roll in and any sign of society has vanished, ha. Drew and I are both wearing helmets with lights on our heads , we rush to Big 5 to purchase a $140 metal detector , go back and pace back n forth with this little machine we have no idea how to use. Still- NOTHING

    OKAY- Well, the look on Drews face- I mean seriously -I lost the ring - I also knew this was practically the same chances of finding a needle in a haystack. It is starting to set in and we are sitting in an empty beach parking lot losing hope, thinking we are just going to have to accept this as a loss .

    I start to Google on my phone and discover that their are literally professional ring finders, I mean what?

    TheRingfinders.com yes! I start to think “What are the chances they will even find it though? And how much are they going to charge, practically the price of the ring I bet . . “ It’s worth a shot though , I think to myself.

    I give a call to the one we found in our area, this sweet man is willing to drive 1.5 hours to us from his 'Riverside Metal Detecting Contest.' Ha. Yes, apparently there is such thing.

    He arrives, this sweet man, with his $3,000 metal detecting equipment. Drew is looking at me like “ c’mon really? You think this guy is going to find it? “

    All odds are against us at this point because its past beach curfew, hitting 11pm, the tide is rolling in strong and we are pooped. An officer comes and tells us we will need to leave shortly but that he can give us a little bit of time to look , he chuckles “Good luck!” while walking away.

    Moments later, I hear his detector, my heart sinks, “Oh just tinfoil” he says . Still no luck. Suddenly, out of nowhere- he starts skimming an area and HE FINDS MY RING!!!!

    I swear- I never in a million years -thought it was possible AND if we had waited till morning to go back again and look- it would have washed away with the tide !

    I am so beyond grateful! I jumped up and hugged him with tears down my face asking him over and over “HOW DID YOU FIND IT?!! I CANT BELIEVE YOU FOUND IT! OH. MY .GOSH!”

    So I say to him , “OK- we now owe you big time! What do you charge for something like this?“ (Yes, you would think we would have asked him before but I guess it didn’t cross our minds because 1. We were frantic and desperate for any help 2. We couldn’t put a price on something this sentimental to us -not just materialistic)

    He replies, “Well, I work on a reward system. You pay me what you can afford to give and what its worth to you for me to find it. And I give 15% of the proceeds to the children’s hospital”.

    I mean seriously? Is this real? Drew and I look at each other – wow this is definitely a pay-it-forward experience.

    And yes, we compensated him well for his incredible gift and generosity We are FOREVER grateful . ;)

  • I have no words to express my gratitude/There aren’t many honest people like you!!!
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    Hiiii I’m Sara the girl of the ring! I didn’t have the time to say thank you!!!! I have no words to express my gratitude, I wish all the happiness and blessings of the world! I allready post the history in my facebook (Sara Eliza Robles) thank you thank you thank you! You are an Angel!!!!

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    Mark all the family is more than happy!!!! We were very sad when we hear what happened to Sara and Angel because we were waiting for that big event to happen for months. We dont have words to thank you you are really an angel for us!!! There aren’t many honest people like you!!! Receive lots and lots of blessings!!!

  • The level of dignity I received was excellent I will call you guys if I ever loose something.
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    Called up Stan.

    He volunteered to make the drive up to Carpinteria to find my girlfriend's necklace. Fortunately they found it before he made the long drive for nothing but the level of dignity I received was excellent I will call you guys if I ever loose something.

  • You are truly amazing...
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    Thanks again so very much for your quick response time and determination to find my sons ring. You are truly amazing and we ALL thank you so ever much.

    Bless you, Ken

    Love

    Kelly Beier

  • I’m so grateful we came across this site and found you...
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    Hi Jason….this is arieal, nicks wife. I’m so grateful we came across this site and found you. I did so much yard work and started getting discouraged . If it hadn’t been for you I would have lost something that has so much sentimental meaning too me …and you can replace things, but it’s not the same by no means. I’m grateful. You did an amazing job.!!!

    -Very happy bride**

  • Thank you Curtis Cox and John Hughes for finding my fiance’s engagement ring!
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    Thank you Curtis Cox and John Hughes for finding my fiance’s engagement ring!

    You guys are the best. Both of you saved my marriage before it has even happened and a big chunk of change. haha.

    I had already spent an entire day grid-ding the beach and searching with a metal detector with no luck so I needed some additional reinforcement.

    I found the ring finders website on an internet search. My initial call was to John who in about five minutes came out to the location of the beach where the ring was lost.

    After grid-ding the beach with John and searching with metal detectors we had no luck for the first half of the day.John then said to me, “I will be back with my partner (Curtis Cox) around 6:15PM (a few hours later near sunset) to go over everything again.”

    Sure enough John showed up with Curtis at 6:15PM and we all started searching with no initial luck until Curtis came up with the big find! Stacie and I are so thankful and grateful for both of you and the service you provide. I hope you guys continue helping people.

    Thanks again!

    Scott

  • This was your 3rd ring in as many nights and you simply kick ass at making people happy.
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    Steve,

    You are the man! Thank you so much for coming over tonight. I know you were busy and enjoying your evening, yet you made time to make our night. You are a great man for doing this work. This was your 3rd ring in as many nights and you simply kick ass at making people happy. Thank you so very much and many blessings to you and your family!!!

    Warmest Regards,

    Brian & Sara Morrison

  • Thankfully you came to the rescue and I'm so grateful
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    Steve,

    Thanks again for your help last night. You can't imagine how devastated I was when I realized that the ring was missing, and then again after 2+ hours of digging through the sand on my own.

    Thankfully you came to the rescue and I'm so grateful that you were will and able to help on a Sunday evening. Briana and I truly appreciate your service and will certainly recommend you to anyone we know who finds themselves in a similar situation.

    Hope your other calls were successful and that you didn't get home too late.

    Again, much appreciated and all the best!

    Greg and Briana

  • I appreciate your professionalism and dedication
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    Patrick,

    I appreciate your professionalism and dedication – job well done! My wife and I are very relieved to have my wedding band back! We will be making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project to help pay it forward.

  • Steve, you are an amazing human being!
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    Steve, you are an amazing human being! JuAnne wasn't sure if she lost her rings at the beach or left them at home. When we got home and did not find them, we were in a panic.

    I began googling places to purchase a metal detector and started youtubing instructions on how to use one when i came upon theringfinders.com website.

    I am naturally suspicious of anything on the internet but i came upon your name and blog on the website and read through a few of the incredible stories and decided to take a chance. You were 2 hours away and relaxing and did not hesitate to drive out right away to help.

    When you met me on the beach, a kind employee at the restaurant was helping us comb through the sand with a sifting shovel but to no avail. After only a few minutes of searching, you pulled out some scrap metal and bottle caps and I already started to lose hope.

    But then you stopped and dug out something - I heard clanking in your shovel and I saw a smile on your face and I knew

    you found one of the rings. You found the engagement diamond ring I gave to JuAnne 11 years ago!!

    Then you found her wedding band in minutes. I can't tell you how incredible that moment is when you pulled her engagement ring out of the sea of sand.

    It would be so easy for someone in your position to take advantage of these type of desperate situations, but you are such an honest and generous person and i can tell that you genuinely want to help people.

    Through this experience, we learned 1.) never wear jewelry to the beach 2.) there are still good people out there in the world and that is inspiring. Big shout out to theringfinders.com network for connecting me with Super Steve!

  • Steve is the type of person that renews your faith in humanity.
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    The outpouring of appreciation for Steve you see on his blog in the form of email responses is certainly shared by me.

    In fact, there should without a doubt be a statue of Steve by the Hermosa Beach peir. At the very least they could rename the airport after him.

    Steve is the type of person that renews your faith in humanity. I've been known to lose things from time to time as a general personality flaw and few things these days is worse than losing your phone.

    For a change, this wasn't ADD but my buddy Darius attempting an impromptu sneak attack / tackle as we were walking in to wrap up an otherwise phenomenal beach day. As is well known 85% of attacks happen from behind so I'm at fault here too for not picking up on it sooner.

    Leveraging some college rugby skills I didn't know I still had I spun out of the tackle feeling pretty invincible. Unfortunately I immediately noticed the wait in my pocket was gone where my phone had been. Inexplicably it had vanished beneath the sand.

    Doubt set in, had it been stolen earlier? We confirmed on find my iphone it was somewhere nearby and not moving away or powered off. That lead to our amateur search and rescue efforts described in Steve's write-up that were obviously unsuccessful.

    After 30 mins or so of searching it really started to set in. I was in LA early for a business trip. That business trip was going to be nearly impossible without my phone which is consequently required to access my company VPN. Not to mention the guys I was supposed to pickup at the airport the next day getting straight to voicemail service from my lost/dead phone.

    I literally sat down on the sand, head hung low, sorting through the impossibility of solving this predicament. Enter a friendly lifeguard with Steve's card. Sadly even when calling Steve I wasn't entirely sure if he would be willing or able to help or if he was someone I could trust.

    Steve turned out to be all of those things in spades. From here, Steve's blog tells the rest of the story.

    Thank you again Steve!

  • I Googled "metal detector help severna park" and The Ring Finders popped up.
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    "I came home from work and walked my dogs as usual. The only difference that day was the bitter cold temperature outside. I came in from my walk and noticed my engagement ring fell off (my fingers shrunk in the cold weather)

    I tried to retrace my steps but the area to cover was overwhelming, it was getting dark, and leaves were piled high. I panicked and called Home Depot & Ace Hardware trying to rent a metal detector.

    No one in the Severna Park area rented them-only sold, and they were thousands of dollars. I Googled "metal detector help severna park" and The Ring Finders popped up.

    We called and Jim scheduled to come over the very next morning at 6:30am (even though he was leaving for vacation that morning).

    Jim arrived and told me to stop and think, and walk him through my steps. We walked up and down the street and didn't find anything. My husband and I had to leave for work, and Jim said he would try and stay a few more minutes.

    He explained if he didn't find it, he would come back another day to search. My husband and I were preparing for the worst and discussed calling the insurance company.. when mid sentence we got a call from Jim! HE FOUND MY RING! Tears poured down my face!

    We met to pick it up and I immediately hugged him! Jim is an amazing man! We are so happy we called the site! Jim told us if it was out there, he would find it!

    He wasn't going to give up on us! So I want to tell you if you are reading this because you lost something and you want it back CALL JIM NOW!"

  • I had almost given up hope of ever finding my ring.
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    Kenny,

    I had almost given up hope of ever finding my ring. My wife tried to encourage me saying you will find it.

    After searching as much on my own as I could I came across the ring finders on the internet. I called Kenny and he told me to email him my address and he would come by and look for it.

    He was here just around 15 minutes and found it. I can’t tell you enough how much the ring means to me! It’s not a real expensive ring but it was a ring my Mom gave me for our wedding.

    My mom is old and won’t be around forever but every time I look at and think about the ring it reminds me of my mom and my wife on our wedding day.

    If you lose something and you think all hope is gone of ever finding it just give Kenny a call he’s a honest guy and he might be able to help you.

    Thanks!

    Don Gillen

  • Ray Johnson. He's my hero!
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    There are no words that I can share as to how grateful I am to Ray Johnson. He's my hero!

  • Thank you again Brett for your service
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    Thank you again Brett for your service this morning, We, especially myself are lost for words. Pray for many blessings in all you do and all the best of luck for you future adventures/assignments . That moment when you found it “priceless” Faafetai tele lava…

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  • Gary, I can't thank you enough for your help and your professionalism
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    Gary,

    Let me first start off by thanking you for finding my ring.

    This ring means more to me than the appraised value as it represents not only The Citadel but also the hard work and perseverance that was needed to while attending the school.

    When I first lost the ring I thought it was forever lost. Your professionalism and understanding of the situation eloped ease some of the anxiety of still not having my ring after hours of searching.

    There are very few people who go out of their way to help others but you changed your daily routine and came down to help on the same day. I can't thank you enough for your help and your professionalism throughout this process of finding my ring.

    Thank you again and God bless,

    James J. Hurton

  • Words cannot express my gratitude to Curtis Cox & John Hughes
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    Dear Chris,

    Words cannot express my gratitude to Curtis Cox & John Hughes from Carlsbad theringfinders.com for finding my wedding ring on Carlsbad State beach!!! Celebrating 20 years of marriage this year, the ring was irreplaceable to me and something I was sure was lost forever. . . Until I met Curtis and John, my heroes!

    They were amazing, patient and paid attention to the details that led them right toward the ring. I am forever grateful to them and your directory for providing this service!!

    With much gratitude and respect,

    Robyn Hubbard

  • The work you do through your hobby is much greater than simply finding lost items.
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    Dear Jane, Rick and Dakota,

    It was quite a morning for me thanks to your generous spirits, time and expertise. I did not realize how emotional it was for me until I returned home and held my hand up so my wife could see the ring. She started crying which prompted me to tear up as well.

    Rick, I thought that the possibility of you finding the ring in the harbor over 3 years after I lost it was such a long shot that I took several weeks to call you after I saw the article in the Cape Cod Times. Boy am I glad that I clipped that article and connected with you.

    The work you do through your hobby is much greater than simply finding lost items. It is reconnecting people to something very precious to them, beyond the intrinsic value of the item.

    I felt awful for weeks after I lost my father’s ring. I loved the ring because it was a constant reminder to me of him. You noticed how it shines beautifully in the sun. The star sapphire is special.

    My father was a special guy and taught me a great deal by example. He was an incredibly hard worker, loving and devoted husband and father. He was very well respected in his industry, precious metal casting and had one of the finest casting shops in the world.

    He did museum reproductions for the Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a subcontractor for Stueben Glass the specialty division of Corning Glass making limited edition castings for their glass pieces.

    He did not have an easy life since he emigrated to the USA in the late 1930s as a teenager to escape Hitler’s Germany. His education was cut short and his parents went from being middle class to working menial jobs to survive in their new homeland. His family was so grateful to their adopted country that they spoke little of the hardships.

    As I told you his years of service during WWII were in the Army Corp of Engineers on Adak Island. He helped establish that base which blocked the Japanese advance through the Aleutians. It is interesting that during your years in the Navy you were familiar with this Island too.

    Dakota it was great meeting you and thanks for helping your grandfather help people find missing rings. Follow his example and you too will have a fulfilling life.

    My heartfelt thanks for your assistance.

    Jeff O

  • Thank goodness for people like you!!
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    It definitely did feel like an eternity i was starting to lose hope! I just searched “lost ring in sand” on Google that’s how i found this website.

    If i had gone home with no ring and just gave up without calling you it would’ve turned a beautiful sunny day really sour. Thank you so much for your kindness and your service. We will both be eternally grateful for you. I will suggest you, Joe, to anyone who falls into the same unfortunate situation.

    Thank goodness for people like you!!

    Best regards Jenna and Alex!!

  • Douglas Bennison and The Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service.. Thank You so much
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    My name is Sean, 31years old, from Sudbury Ontario, Canada.

    And this is my testimonial...

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank Douglas Bennison and the Ring Finders Metal Detecting Service.

    I had lost my fiance's engagement ring outside, in my yard, in the snow, and there was no way I'd ever find it again.

    I didn't know what to do, I won't get into details about how I lost the ring, but my relationship and happiness was on the line.

    I typed in a search for metal detector experts online.. Ring Finders came up.

    Through the Ring Finders website, I was able to find a metal detector expert in my area.. Douglas Bennison. I sent him an email. Douglas reacted promptly to my request and was extremely professional in his approach...

    Douglas came over very the next morning, freezing cold outside, snowey winter in Northern Ontario...Sudbury Ontario to be exact.. I couldn't stay outside more than 20mins.. Well I could but didn't want to, to be honest.

    The thing that bothered my conscience more than anything is that I was so certain of the general area for Douglass to look.

    After over an hour in the freezing cold I thought it was hopeless, but Douglas, however, didn't give up.

    After almost 2hours Douglas came to the door. I thought It was over, as I was gonna thank him for trying so hard, he had a smile on his face and opened his hand,

    I WAS SO SHOCKED!, to see him smiling and our ring in his frozen hand. I could not believe it!.seriously… my fiance was on the edge of tears and crying, I was too actually, but adrenaline kicked in.. My fiance hugged him for a good long 30seconds.

    You could tell Douglas just has a good heart... that hug was mutually initialized by happiness from both sides..

    I was so shocked and happy the only thing I could think of was to grab money, and as much money as I could, 250$ I think it was. Me and my fiance are not too well off, so 250$ was a lot for us, but we didn't care, I put the money on the table, telling Douglas to please take it.. There was no was i was letting him leave without taking it. Douglas refused anthing other than gas money to get to my place and back home.. he was just happy to help.

    I Still could not believe he went out of his way to find the ring in an area where I was so certain it could never be... in the crazy cold outside..

    Douglas Bennison and The Ring Finders

    Metal Detecting Service.. Thank You so much, couldn't be more grateful, Doug you really did save me.

    THANKS AND TAKE CARE

  • I thought my beautiful diamond engagement ring was lost forever, but Stan came to the rescue
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    Where to begin…

    I thought my beautiful diamond engagement ring was lost forever, but Stan came to the rescue.

    Saturday afternoon, I took my ring off at the beach and carelessly placed it in a shirt pocket on my towel while I got in the water to surf. I completely forgot the ring was in there when I went to gather my belongings and leave.

    We had walked about 100 yards in the sand from where we were set up on the beach to get back to the car, when I realized I had left the ring in that shirt pocket.

    I check the pocket, and of course it wasn’t there. After combing the sand for 2 hours, my fiancé, brother, and I were ready to cut our losses. We left the beach and I couldn’t help thinking that we had given up too soon.

    I googled metal detectors with no luck of anything in the area, and then I googled “ring finder” just on a complete whim. I ran across Ring Finders, specifically Stan, and called. Stan was an hour away, but got in his car to come meet me within 2 minutes of the phone call.

    He came to the beach we were at and after looking for about 20 minutes, the ring was found. I cannot thank him enough for his services.

    He came to meet me from far away, on a Saturday evening, not knowing whether or not he would find the ring, though his confidence was amazing and well warranted. Words cannot describe how grateful I am and what kind of lessoned I learned. If you have a lost ring, please call Stan.

  • Jim was professional and responsive and met with us the very next day after contacting him.
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    During a family photo shoot in the park, my engagement ring slipped off my finger. I noticed it almost immediately but the park was large, the grass was thick and many leaves had fallen from the trees making it very difficult to locate where the ring may have fallen off.

    After looking for the ring and being unable to find it, we borrowed a metal detector and spent the next few days using the metal detector for several hours each day trying to find the engagement ring. After two long days, our metal detector found two pennies, a gum wrapper and the tab to a soda can.

    Using a community social media site, I reached out to see if anyone was aware of a “lost and found” office I could contact. Although there was no “lost and found” office, one person had referred me to a “professional ring finder” that had been able to successfully find her wedding ring that had been lost outside and covered in snow.

    In desperation, I contacted Jim Wagner, “the professional ring finder,” to see if he would be able to help find my engagement ring. Although the ring had suffered through two days of heavy rain and been lost almost an entire week, Jim was confident he would be able to find the ring.

    Jim was professional and responsive and met with us the very next day after contacting him. We had a general idea as to where the ring may have fallen, so he used that knowledge coupled with his experience as well as his high-end metal detecting equipment and was able to locate the lost ring within approximately 30 seconds.

    He found the ring in the same area we had already searched early in the week using our own metal detector.

    I am eternally thankful. It is such a terrible feeling when you know you have lost something so dear to you and not sure if you will ever see it again. Jim was extremely professional, personable, prompt and helpful. He works with the top of the line equipment and has a real passion for finding things. Best of all, he genuinely wants to reunite people with their precious, lost valuables and he gets great satisfaction from helping people.

  • We appreciate your professionalism and your genuine caring approach.
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    Hi Chris,

    We are so thankful to you for your prompt attention to finding my ring. The ring’s dollar value is significant to us, but the sentimental value is not measurable.

    We appreciate your professionalism and your genuine caring approach.

    It was our pleasure to have connected with you and to have had such a positive outcome.

    Best regards,

    Wayne and Gail

  • There are not many people like you Justin and if more of us could be more like you this world would be such a better place!
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    Hi Justin:

    I just wanted to say again Mahalo for finding John’s cross! I hope you know that you are truly a blessing. It’s just so weird how we couldn’t find the cross and how we searched for hours looking for it, then to John just kind of having to accept the fact that his cross may be gone forever and just going on with the day, and finally me not being able to sleep because I felt so sad for him. I was in bed on my phone and I came across another site where they rent underwater metal detectors, and then I stumbled upon your blog, and I was reading some of the awsome stories and saw your info, so I was telling John omg we should call this guy!

    John did share with me your story and it really touched my heart, there are not many people like you Justin and if more of us could be more like you this world would be such a better place! And I truely mean that.

    Thank you again for all that you do and for being who you are! Take care and God Bless!

    Aloha,

    Shana

  • I thank Chris Turner and The Ring Finders from the bottom of my heart
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    I want to extend to Chris and the rest of the Ring Finders my very deepest thanks for finding and returning my golden Peso.

    This tiny piece of gold was given to me by my father when I turned 16 and he thought I was responsible enough to wear it. He got it on his honeymoon and had worn it on his own neck for about 15 years before giving it to me.

    Since then, it has rarely left my neck. I was foolish enough to wear it while playing some touch football one sunny day and looked down to see it had fallen from its bezel and was somewhere in the very deep grass on a full sized football field.

    My friends and I looked for a while but my heart really sunk when i realized we could be easily walking over it and never even realize. I was nonetheless still determined to find it. I ran home to try and see how i could get my hands on a metal detector, and was so excited when I found The Ring Finders on the internet.

    I called and was immediately put at ease. Chris is truly an amazing person. Right away I could tell that being able to re-unite people with their lost items was Chris's passion and that he would do anything he could to help.

    Just knowing that he was sympathetic to how I was feeling and excited to help made me feel so much less helpless. Having just drove back from Alberta on another heroic mission, he agreed to meet me at 8 the next morning to begin the search.

    His genuine excitement at the prospect of hunting for a gold coin was just fantastic to see and I knew if anyone was going to be able to help me. It was this man.

    I told him I knew it was on the field, and he told me it was just a matter of how long it would take him to find it. His complete confidence and optimism made me feel better than i had since losing my peso. I wished him luck, drove off to work and by the time I got there he had texted me that he had recovered my peso.

    The feeling I got to see that picture of my peso wasn't just of relief and gratitude, but a real sense of hope that there are people like Chris in the world who are truly dedicated to helping others.

    For both this and my newly bezeled peso, I thank Chris Turner and The Ring Finders from the bottom of my heart, and will recommend him to anyone who needs a hero to help them find their lost metal!

    Max Harvey

  • I cannot believe he found it!! We jumped in joy and held onto each other with tears of joy flowing down our cheeks.
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    Stephanie’s Story:

    At the end of my birthday celebration at Huntington Beach my husband realized that he lost his wedding band. He lost it while playing football out in the sandy beach.

    The search was worse than a needle in the haystack. For hours we retraced his footsteps and hopelessly searched in the surrounding premises. The desperation, hurt, disappointment in my husband’s eyes were unbearable.

    I located a ring finder who agreed to go back to the beach at 1:30am but was unprepared because his batteries were dead and his equipment was not working.

    Unwilling to give up, we continued the search in the dark until 3am with couple of our friends. We went in a line up and searched step by step with flashlights hiding from beach patrols with no luck.

    It was a very restless night for us. We just had just celebrated our one year anniversary last month and can’t believe that this really happened. AND of all days on my birthday after such a wonderful day. We cannot accept the fact that it’s gone.

    The sentimental value of the ring cannot ever be replaced. Luckily I found Steve from www.ringfinder.com. I called Steve at seven am and he picked up the phone right away. He agreed to drive an hour down to meet us at 10:30am.

    He searched the premises under the beating sun. He was very determined and professional. Inch by inch he meticulously searched with a metal detector and a sifter marking searched areas as he go. After 3 & a half hours exhausted from the search previous day and lack of sleep we lost all hope and left home.

    Steve was so encouraging and optimistic. Even after we gave up he continued searching. He told us not to give up and he will go over the area once more and expand his search. He promised that he will locate our ring and refuse any reward until he locates our ring.

    We have already accepted the fact that the ring was lost forever. We even located the same exact wedding band to be shipped to the closest jeweler. 2 hours later we got a text from Steve with a picture of the wedding band with the message. “You’re right, it is a beautiful ring.”

    OMG he found it! I cannot believe he found it!! We jumped in joy and held onto each other with tears of joy flowing down our cheeks. Whether Steve wanted it or not, both of us gave him a huge hug when we saw him. We could not contain our happiness

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    We always try to do the right thing, be a better person in life. I feel like karma was in play today and we finally got served what we deserved. Karma had led us to Steve! It is so wonderful that a complete stranger would show you the kindness that Steve has wanting nothing more than to help others. He is truly amazing!

    We gave Steve a reward while he excitedly told us multiple stories of his finds. Words cannot express our gratitude.

    This emotional event was nothing short of a miracle. I feel like our vows got renewed today. We are forever thankful to Steve Smith who gave our story a happy ending. Thank you Steve from the bottom of our hearts!

    -Stephanie

  • Sometimes it is worth losing something just so you can find it again
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    Thank you Chris!

    My husband and I picked these rings before our wedding in Israel five years ago. We both wear them constantly. Losing the ring and finding it again reminded me of what I cherish in life and how lucky I am to have a loving relationship with my husband. Sometimes it is worth losing something just so you can find it again *;) winking

    All the best

    Noa

  • At 12:30AM I had received a Text from Steve saying he found the ring. I saw this and jumped out of bed in pure excitement.
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    Hey Steve,

    Just wanted to thank you again. I am still so excited that you were able to find the ring. It truly means so much to me. Here is my story for your blog.

    Best Regards,

    Zack

    My Grandfather had given me a ring a couple years back. I wear it all the time and love representing him as he has always been one of the most important people in my life. Unfortunately he got sick due to old age and passed away on Aug. 27 2014. Of course I was devastated and all I had from him was the ring he gave me. So I wore it. The funeral was on the following Sunday and on Monday a friend of mine wanted to take me to the beach to try and take my mind off of things.

    It would have been a nice day but it turned for the worst when the ring he gave me fell off my finger. Once again I was devastated and did not know what to do. I had lost something that I held so close to my heart. I searched and searched with no luck. I went online and found Steve, who came over as soon as he got the call.

    Just talking to him I could tell he was determined to find the ring not for personal gain but just to put a smile back on my face and do something good for someone else. He searched and searched combing a large area on the beach. Still with no luck, Steve put on a water proof suit and got into the water, searching while getting hit by wave after wave… but still after several hours, we still had not found the ring.

    At the end of the night, I told Steve that I appreciated all his hard work but I did not want to waste anymore of his time because I felt that there was a possibility it was deeper in the ocean than I had guessed. I thanked him and we both walked away disappointed.

    The next day I received a call from Steve. He told me how much he wanted to find the ring for me and that he was going back to the beach and continue searching at 10PM at night during low tide. I was speechless.

    The fact that a man I just met was so caring and determined to put a smile on my face completely surprised me because I had thought the ring was gone. Steve had different plans. So he went out late at night and expanded the search to a wider range.

    At 12:30AM I had received a Text from Steve saying he found the ring. I saw this and jumped out of bed in pure excitement. Steve is the best there is and I could not be happier to have met him. Not only because he did the impossible in finding my ring, but also because it was a pleasure to meet a man who is so genuine and caring about what he does for people. I would like to thank Steve with the bottom of my heart. I never would have found it without him.

  • From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for finding my lost 1980 NFL Conference Championship ring
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    Dear Dave,

    From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for finding my lost 1980 NFL Conference Championship ring with your metal detector.

    I was reasonably sure I lost the ring while doing spring clean-up in the yard. The day I called you in desperation for help, you came over immediately to try and find the ring. Although the weather was miserably cold and pouring rain, you nonetheless scanned the yard for hours trying to find it. I was obviously disappointed when you could not find it, however you said you would like to return in warmer weather to try again.

    I was not absolutely sure I lost the ring in the yard, and for weeks looked everywhere but unfortunately it did not turn up. By summertime I had completely given up hope and contacted the NFL League office to inquire about replacing it (custom molds for all Super Bowl rings are kept on file).

    Then out of the blue in August you called me again, offering (at no fee) to come back for another search. On your second search, to my unbelievable surprise, YOU FOUND THE RING! under a landscaping bush. I was so thrilled when you told me, I actually broke down and cried with emotion/thankfulness.

    I cannot thank you enough for your dedication, honesty, integrity and persistence, and whole heartedly recommend anyone contact you for help locating lost items.

    You are truly and Angel of God!

    Keith Krepfle

    Philadelphia Eagles- tight end

  • My daughter Talia referred to you as a guardian angel
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    Aloha Joe,

    I apologize for the tardy response. I am currently traveling again, this time taking my son up to college.

    I have finally had a chance to read your ring finder story. It’s written in a very warm and happy style and it could only put a smile on one’s face.

    It certainly was a pleasure meeting you. My daughter Talia referred to you as a guardian angel as you walked away. The gold crown ring will have extra meaning for us and is our newfound “lucky charm”.

    Thank you for sharing and spreading happiness and Aloha into people’s lives!

    Sincerely,

    Lisa and Talia

  • I raced back to the beach and cried happy tears when my husband placed my ring on my finger all over again.

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    The weekend before my vow renewal, a few of my friends and I decided to go out. We ended up at Jimmy B’s on St Pete Beach and after a few drinks and several hours of dancing; we decided a quick dip in the gulf would be wonderful. We were only in for a few minutes but when we came out and posed for a photo, I noticed that my wedding rings were gone. I cannot describe how surreal that moment was or how quickly the panic set in. We searched for an hour before they finally convinced me to turn in for the night. I lay in my hotel bed, unable to sleep, feeling absolutely naked without the ring that my husband had given me when he proposed. That ring stood for so much. He worked so hard, handpicked every stone, designed the setting, not like at Jared where you pick a pre-fabricated design, he drew it on paper and had someone make it. That ring symbolized eight years of love and friendship, five years of marriage , two children, hard times and amazing happiness. I couldn’t just lay there while it drifted in the ocean, so at 3:30 in the morning, I headed back out and spent the next several hours combing the beach with a flashlight (two days later my neck still hurts from looking down). I finally called my husband to share the terrible news at 6:45. Not only was he sweet to me and sad for me, he immediately took action. He sent out a text to everyone he knew asking for a metal detector. By 8:30 he had gotten into contact with someone who was going to meet us at the beach. I was fairly exhausted from both the festivities and several hours of searching the night before but perked at the possibility of a happy ending. I met Stan and my husband around 9:30 and Stan immediately set to work. He was methodical and friendly. He gave me hope. I wasn’t able to pinpoint exactly where I was, I mean the beach is the beach right? Especially at 2 am. Still, Stan was optimistic. By 10:30 though, we were all feeling a little discouraged. I had to go check out of the hotel and as I was heading away from the water, I noticed my friend’s leftover drink from the night before. I flagged Stan down to show him that this was where we went in. I left the beach feeling terrible, so sure that ever finding my ring again was a lost cause. What would I wear at our vow renewal? I didn’t have a ring for my husband to place on my finger. How would we ever replace the ring that my husband had put so much effort and love into making? I could barely keep from crying. Twenty minutes later, while packing the last few things in my bag, I got a message from my husband. It was a photo of my rings! Stan had found them… both! I couldn’t believe my luck. I felt like a weight had been lifted (even though my neck still hurt). I raced back to the beach and cried happy tears when my husband placed my ring on my finger all over again. It was wonderful. I hugged Stan. I couldn’t be more thankful for his hard work and tireless effort to help a total stranger. His focus and compassion have given me a happy ending against truly unbelievable odds. Thank you Stan Flack!

  • I cannot thank Rick and the The Ring Finders enough for finding my wedding ring!
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    It was Tuesday, July 22 and I was spending the day with my family at Glendon Beach (Dennis Port, MA). My friend Brian and I were throwing the football around in shallow waters when I noticed that I nearly lost my wedding ring after making a diving catch into the ocean. At this point, the normal person would have walked up to his belongings and taken the ring off but I, of course, didn’t do that!! Sure enough 3 minutes later I noticed that my ring had slipped off.

    I spent nearly an hour looking for the ring and assumed it was lost forever. Later that week I ran into a lady with a metal detector and asked her if she had found a ring but no luck. Nearly two weeks later, and a day after we left the Cape, my friend Arty ran into a guy who also had a metal detector. He asked about my ring and this guy hadn’t found it either but he said it sounded ‘familiar’ to a ring his friend Rick had found at this same beach. He gave Arty a business card for the “The Ring Finders” which had Rick Browne’s contact info on it.

    Shortly after Arty texted me Rick’s info I sent an email to The Ring Finders. Only 13 minutes after I hit send on that email Rick was calling my cell phone. Amazingly he had found my ring!! I thought for sure this ring was long gone and my wife and I were already considering replacement options. I cannot thank Rick and the The Ring Finders enough for finding my wedding ring!

    You guys are awesome!!

    Sincerely,

    Matt

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  • You can bet I’ll be recommending Luke’s services to anyone in the Spokane/CDA
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    Thank goodness for Ring Finders and good people. Luke was eager to drive 45 mins to come look for my ring and he was equal parts professional, friendly, and caring. I had never met Luke before but a Google search brought me to his Ring Finders page.

    Visibility was less than 4 inches and it was amazing that he was able to find my ring considering the conditions he described above, not to mention the ring sat on the bottom in the muck and slime for 7 days before I had a day off to go out there.

    The lake bottom is littered with old cans, bottles, coins, etc and I was actually getting fairly discouraged after sitting on the dock for 1.5 hours or so, getting sun burnt and feeling bad about my lost wedding band.

    Luke was positive the whole time and like he said, after taking a 15 minute break to regroup, he picked up the signal and somehow got it back to the shallows, basically working blind, without dropping it.

    At first I was in disbelief and I think he celebrated more than me for the first few seconds! The people on the public dock 10 yards away must have thought we were crazy jumping up and down and high-fiving, hooping and hollering. When we told them what the commotion was about, they were yelling too! It was a great time.

    You can bet I’ll be recommending Luke’s services to anyone in the Spokane/CDA area that needs this type of help. Couldn’t have asked for a nicer guy to work with. Good work! (and thanks for getting my wife off my back!)

  • I can’t thank you enough for your generousity
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    Justin,

    I can’t thank you enough for your generousity and how fast you were to respond to me and come out and help find my husbands ring. He since has been extra careful to take it off before we go to the beach. Anyhoo, you left such a great impact on us that since then we have been paying it forward. We ourselves don’t have much, but one by one we been somewhat “adopting” families purchasing and collecting from my friends and family members, items from groceries, household supplies, clothing, etc and helping them thru their toughest times. Once I did it once, it felt so good, I couldnt stop. and now the families we have helped are now trying to help others as well, by volunteering since they dont have much. Thank You for your Kindness. I will continue to pay it forward.

  • I can't thank you enough and am so impressed that you were able to come down that same day and put me out of my misery.
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    Dear Richard,

    Thank you again for your help on Saturday. I will donate £50 plus gift aid to the Dorset air ambulance today.

    For your blog, the story is that we were just spending a family day at the beach and I took the ring off to suncream my boy. I've done it a thousand times because I don't like the cream getting in between the rocks.

    Popped the ring in my pocket then got all rushed into changing to get into the sea and that was when the ring flew out into the sand. It was our 12th wedding anniversary the following day so it was going to be super sad if I lost it.

    I can't thank you enough and am so impressed that you were able to come down that same day and put me out of my misery.

    Wishing you all the very best with your ring finding in the future.

    Best wishes,

    Susan Hopcraft

  • Dan and Carter were a God send to me. I still shake my head in disbelief at the miracle that they performed that day.
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    I am a Newlywed of last August, so my husband and I have been married roughly 11 months. We have been together for over seven years and are best friends. We relocated to the New Lisbon, WI area three years ago and are lucky to live on beautiful Castle Rock Lake.

    Over The Fourth of July weekend, we had our family visiting from out of town and went over to a little island in the middle of the lake; better known as “Alcatraz”. We were having a blast and hanging out in the water near the north side of the island.

    We were playing catch and I threw the ball to my sister. Little did I know that I had just flung my diamond ring into the water filled with tons of people and boats! A friend had said, ” I think you just lost your ring” and we all wondered who he was speaking to; until I realized it was me.

    I went from laughing to frantic as we all searched around the area. Fortunately, he had seen me do it and we knew the area to look around, but to my despair we came up with nothing after an hour. I felt so horrible that I had lost my ring that my husband worked hard for and that we didn’t have insurance. We talked about insuring it for a while and never seemed to get around to it.

    We ended up packing it up and heading to dinner. I felt like a part of me was missing! It wasn’t the materialism of the ring, but the symbol and thought behind the ring. My husband, Rich, also lost his ring at work a couple weeks before. I just keep thinking, now neither one of us has the ring we were actually married with. The next day I decided I was going to rent a metal detector and go back out there to see if I could retrieve it. As I searched the sites, I saw that it was roughly $40 a day to rent or around $600 for a decent one, but then it hit me…I had no idea what to do even if I did get one.

    I then thought…well Google, you basically have everything I ever would need to know; so maybe you can tell me if I can hire someone. Bingo. After I plugged in the question a website popped up called; www.TheRingFinders.com.

    It gave me different people I could contact to help me find my ring and narrow it down by region of the world! Since I am basically an hour from any large city; I figured I would need to look for someone far from me. But, when I looked up areas in Wisconsin; there was a man in the Dells. I clicked on the link and came to Dan Roekle.

    He had other great success stories and also seemed like a very genuine guy. He also had found a ring in Baraboo with pretty much the same scenario. I was looking for pricing for him to come out; but he only wanted $25 for his expenses and reward if I could spare anything. I was ecstatic. I contacted Dan and within hours had responded and was asking lots of beneficial and professional questions. We went back and forth pretty much all day when he then said I can come out tomorrow if you are available.

    I couldn’t believe this kind man was giving me his Sunday, willing to drive from the Madison area and seemed so confident we could find it. He basically stated, we do it for the adventure and love helping others out!

    The next morning Dan drove up to our lake house with his son Carter, 11, who is his right hand man during these “treasure hunts”. Not only were they very nice, I felt like I had known them for years. We all got on the boat and headed out to the island. My brother in-law met us out there and had the coordinates from his boat GPS that was so helpful to narrow down the area of where we were.

    It still was an area roughly 100 ft by 70 ft of water that was 3ft to 4 ft in depth. Carter would shift through the sand when Dan would let him now that the metal detector had detected something. They also switched and took turns listening and retrieving during the search which was awesome to see their teamwork. While they searched; Dan taught me about metal detecting as well. Things I would have never known! 1. You need a permit from the DNR in Wisconsin to search any bodies of water and need to let them know specifically what you are looking for. 2. The metal detector has different sensitivity levels that can search for things that are a few inches deep to 6 ft. depending on the setting. 3. Also that as soon as my ring had fallen off, it probably sunk 2 inches right away.

    I am glad I didn’t spend money on a metal detector! It wasn’t the sunniest day and the lake was kind of choppy. I felt so bad and asked if there was something I could do besides narrowing down the search area. Dan just replied no and kept looking. A little more time had passed and I was starting to think I wouldn’t see it again. Then Dan came walking back to me on the boat. I just thought to myself that he was coming to say he was cold and it was a lost cause. He said, “are you sure this is the area”? I said, yes and then he asked what it looked like again. As I started describing the ring…he said you mean like this? I saw my ring was on the tip of his pinky (I have tiny hands) and hugged him and smiled the largest I had in a long while! My husband, family and I were in complete awe! I had not only my ring back, but my faith in people and lost causes. I knew right then and there, this would be a story I tell for the rest of my life.

    Dan and Carter were a God send to me. I still shake my head in disbelief at the miracle that they performed that day. They found a ring the size of a nickel in 14,000 acres of water, buried along with 20+ rusty bottle caps and pop tops! I am so glad that I found him on www.TheRingFinders.com website and that people like him, even exist! So, if you have ever lost something that has been as important to you, put your faith in Dan to find it and you will be amazed as well.

    Laura H.

  • I then got on the web and searched for a ring finder and to my surprise I found one in my area
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    I lost my wedding rings while while cutting the lawn with the ride on mower. It was supper time that I noticed my wedding rings were missing, there is an engagement ring with ten diamonds in it welded to the wedding band. I felt really bad as I told my wife and saw the look of desperation on her face. We did go out and look with no luck which only made us feel hopeless.

    I then got on the web and searched for a ring finder and to my surprise I found one in my area [http://theringfinders.com/Don.Marshall/#ca-bc-victoria]. I did not have much hope for finding them as there was 6,000 square feet to cover and a lot of precut grass for them to hide in.

    Don showed up as promised and I signed his contract and I showed him where I started and where I finished. He did find the special hood hinge bolt off the tractor which gave me confidence that he would eventually find my rings.

    He found it on the second day of his search and I was very surprised that he found it an hour into his search. I was very impressed with his expertise and how quickly he found them. I just can’t thank him enough for his kindness. My wife came home just as Don was preparing to leave and was very elated to discover he had found them.

    PS.

    The crappy weld job was done by myself saving me the $250.00 the jeweler wanted to up-size them and weld them together. At the time I thought no one will see it anyway, was I ever wrong. It is my first time working with gold and I will try to do better the next time.

    Thank You Don.

    Steve & Donna

  • thank God and thank you for being God’s messenger that found our missing wedding band
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    “Oh my GOD, I thought you ignored my e-mail. It is a Miracle! My hands are shaking while I write to you. There are no words I can say to thank you enough. You are the angel that God sent to find our ring. You would not believe how this past week was for my husband. I will tell everyone I know about theringfinders.com.”

    Two days later Mariam wrote: “I still cannot believe what happened! I read your e-mail 10 times a day and tell myself God is so good! What you do as a hobby (metal detecting) is really a very helpful thing. Especially when people like us lose a very valuable thing – that losing it really touches their hearts and finding it by an angel like you touches their hearts even more! As I said and I will be saying for the rest of my life, thank God and thank you for being God’s messenger that found our missing wedding band and delivered the GREAT NEWS to us when we so badly needed it!!”

  • Unbelievable. Still in shock. Stan Ross with The Ring Finders you are the man
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    So my gold chain/jesus piece that was passed down to me when my father passed at 16 was broken off from my chest into the ocean when I was playing with my dog at the dog beach yesterday, around 3pm. 7 years I've had it on my chest. We searched frantically for 2 hours for it to no avail. Soo as I was just going to give up and let mother nature have it we got in contact with someone online who does treasure hunting. He met up with us and went into the ocean with his metal detectors and had no luck. Told me he was going to come back (all the way from newport) at 6 am and take another look when it's low tide. At 6:45 Am I get a call from this man saying he found the pendent and the chain as well... I asked him how much I owed him and he didn't even want any money, he just said he's glad he could help... Unbelievable. Still in shock. Stan Ross with The Ring Finders you are the man and I can't thank you enough. You will be receiving a check in the mail. Cheers and happy Saturday!!

  • Stan is the MAN! Thank you for finding my ring!
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    Nicole’s Story

    My son and I decided to take a spontaneous and quick (Thurs-Sun) road trip, just the 2 of us, to Southern California from the SF Bay Area. The plan was to spend 2 days at Disneyland and then make a stop in Manhattan Beach to see family on Sunday. Before noon on Saturday(day #2 at Disney), we were both wanting to go to the beach.

    So, we said goodbye to Mickey and headed for Newport. After a relaxing Saturday afternoon filled with a picnic lunch, boogey boarding, playing catch (lacrosse & baseball), we headed back to our hotel in Anaheim.

    It was there that I realized I did not have my wedding ring on my finger. I vaguely remember taking it off to apply sunscreen like I so often do, surely I’d remember to put it back on. Oops! So after shuffling through the multiple bags I had with me that day and stripping down the car I realized I must’ve lost it at the beach. Gone forever, or so I thought.

    Monday, back home in the Bay Area, I had a hairbrain idea to go online and check out Orange County Craigslist. On it, I posted an ad in the “lost & found” section stating: “Platinum Wedding Band lost at Newport Beach on Saturday.” Talk about a shot in the dark, a hail Mary!

    I never thought anything would come of it and had already begun looking online at new wedding bands but on Monday night, I had an e-mail from Stan with theringfinders.com asking me for more detail. I was able to narrow it down for him, I knew what block I parked in and about how far down the beach we were. I still thought it would be like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s a BIG beach!

    Tuesday morning (3 days after losing my ring at the beach!) at 7:30am I got an email saying simply “I found your ring. Call me.” I called him right away. He read me the inscription, sure enough it was my ring! My ring was back on my finger on Thursday. I am still in shock. My husband Patrick and I have been married 13 years this summer, lucky #13! Stan is the MAN! Thank you for finding my ring!

  • Steve – we could never thank you enough for what an amazing blessing you were to us
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    What a miracle it was that we met you Steve!

    Our 1 year anniversary was less than 2 weeks away. My husband lost his wedding band while he was surfing in pretty rough conditions. I immediately assumed that it was lost forever, somewhere in the belly of the sea. But we still went back to look for it the next day, and that’s when we met Steve.

    He graciously offered to help us look for the ring until he had to leave for the day. In that short time, he wasn’t able to find the ring but we shared our information and told him about the inscriptions in case he was to ever come across it.

    The next morning, we were surprised when my husband received a text from Steve telling us that he was going to go back and look for our ring. That afternoon, my husband thought he’d swing by and do some more looking himself, and when he got there, he saw Steve was still there, waist deep in the water searching for our ring. My husband realized that if Steve wasn’t able to find it, that we probably wouldn’t either, and he left the beach. A few hours later, Steve sent us a text to tell us that he’d found the ring!

    The following night we met up with him and he shared the incredible story about how he’d found the ring. It brought me to tears! What a miracle it was that we met Steve!

    Steve – we could never thank you enough for what an amazing blessing you were to us and how dedicated you were to finding our ring. Thank you a million times, from the bottom of our hearts – you’ll never know how much this meant to us!

  • he had a website pulled up on the screen of the computer. “TheRingFinders.com”
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    The Trinity

    When I was in college, I went to school in Europe for one summer. My grandmother loved Paris very much. Before I left, she gave me a generous check and told me to buy a wonderful souvenir in Paris, so that I could always remember my time there. I bought a gold trinity ring at Cartier. It rolled on to my finger, and I loved it. During those few days in Paris, I actually was introduced to my future husband, Lane. I have always treasured that ring…a gift from my grandmother, and a ring that has been on my hand since I met my husband almost 22 years ago.

    A couple of weeks ago, our family…which now includes 3 children, headed to the beach in California for our summer vacation. We had a wonderful time playing in the ocean, sea kayaking, and really just spending time together without all the distractions of home. My youngest, Cole, just threw an amazing pass. As I reached up to make the catch, I heard the clinking of my ring as is rolled off of my finger and flew in air. I told him to hang-on, I had to get my ring. As our family stared into the sand, expecting to see the sun’s reflection off of my ring, we only saw a sea of sand. Everywhere we looked, looked the same. And my ring was nowhere. We sifted through the sand for over an hour and then the tide began to rise, and the waves washed away my hopes of finding my ring. As we walked out on the beach for the days to come, I would pray that the Lord would somehow let my ring appear. It never did. We left California almost 5 days later.

    After we got home, I missed the familiar ring on my finger even more. Lane could sense my disappointment. It is funny how even simple things can be so meaning-filled. When I walked downstairs to tell Lane goodnight, he had a website pulled up on the screen of the computer. “TheRingFinders.com”, it said. He told me to call that number. It was 10:30pm, and I was clicking on “The United States,” “California,” “Ventura County,” and there it was, a name and phone number of a “ring-finder expert.” He answered right away and was simply distraught that he couldn’t help me. He was on a 3 week vacation, and he said that would be too long to wait. He told me to call someone from another county. “They’ll drive up,” he said. And so I clicked on “Los Angeles,” over an hour’s drive from our beach house in Oxnard. Jim answered the phone. In my own disbelief that I was making this call, I explained to this man the story of my lost ring. Jim said, “Oh, I’ll go look for your ring.” “You will?” “Oh yes, I’ll go look.” “Well, how much do you charge to look,” I said. “Well, it’s going to be a bit of a drive, so I would ask that you pay for my gas.” “That’s fine,” I said. “If I don’t find your ring, than that is the only charge.” “Really?” “Yes, but if I do find your ring, you don’t have to pay for gas, and you can just pay me whatever you think is fair.” “Really?!” I couldn’t believe what he was saying. “When do you think you could go look?” “Well, I’ll go tomorrow,” he said. “You can go tomorrow?” “Yes, I will go look for your ring tomorrow,” he promised.

    Lane is very detailed and thorough. He sent Jim a Google Earth beach-side image of our house told him that he had paced off 63 steps from the back deck to where we thought the ring was lost. I sent him a picture of the ring. At 11:00pm Jim emailed to find out the time of day that I lost the ring. He had already checked the tidal pattern and wasn’t sure if he could make the 4:00am low tide. I told him that was okay. I did tell him that he should wear a cape—since he was off to save the day—and that I would be praying for him.

    I thought about Jim the next day. “Did he even go?” I prayed that he did. The hours and carpools passed and no phone call. I was pretty sure that no news was not good news. As I was walking in to the bank, my phone rang. It was just after 4:00pm and it was a call from California. “Hello?” I said. “Liz, this is Jim from California.” “Oh, hi Jim” I was waiting for the “oh I am so sorry…” “Well, I have good news for you, Liz….I found your ring!” “You found my ring?!” How could he have found my ring? How after all of the days, in all of that sand, how with the high tides, how with the large beach, how could he have found my ring? “It took me about 3 hours,” he said. “After 2 hours, I was getting discouraged, so I decided to take a little lunch break,” he said. “I kept looking, and about an hour later, I found your ring. It was farther north than you thought. It was almost even with the next house up.” “How deep in the sand was it?” I asked. “About 4 inches deep.” “Jim, I just can’t believe you found it! Thank you so, so much.”

    Tonight, as I write this, my ring is in a Fed Ex package coming to my house and Jim’s check is in the mail going to his house. How refreshing that there are people in the world that really are doing things to help other people mostly because they enjoy helping; they enjoy searching; they enjoy finding. How unique is it to find a complete stranger who has time to go help you look for something lost, tomorrow? Who says, “I’ll go tomorrow?”

  • I am so grateful to Guy and The Ring Finders!
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    I am so grateful to Guy and The Ring Finders! They made a pretty crappy week end on a great note.

    I lost my engagement ring playing in the yard with my dog and after panicking, my fiancée, myself, some of the wedding party and three neighbors searched in our yard. After seven hours and a metal detector rental and not enough luck, we turned to the internet and found Guy here on The Ring Finders.

    Skeptical at first, because I didn’t think there was even anyone in the world who would do this, let alone on a reward basis and not for a really high fee, I gave Guy a call and after some brief chatting and scheduling, I got to meet him and he got to work. After his first initial run through of the yard he assured me it was close that he could find my ring. A day or so later he came back when I was available for more time he gave the yard an extremely through sweep, and then the neighboring yard a through sweep as well.

    When the ring didn’t turn up in my yard, my first though was “we’ll never find is” and Guy assured me again we would and I wouldn’t be writing this if he hadn’t, and I am so grateful that he did. My ring had made it over the fence into the yard next door, and was safely recovered from under a pile of leaves.

    Guy is a funny, easy going person and his genuinely nice persona kept the whole experience enjoyable despite the circumstances. That fact that he does this just for the love of helping people, and that he helped me, makes me glad such a site like this, and people like him that do this, exist.

    Thank you Guy for doing this, and thank you TheRingFinders for making a place that people like me can find people like Guy.

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  • He found my ring and made me smile....
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    The story of how Christian and I met is just as out of this world as the ring he gave me. The meteorite it was made from touched down in Sweden in 1906, ( I have a certificate with the exact coordinates and a raw piece of it as well)

    Due to the fact that he is not yet a Canadian citizen and he is a Geologist that works in the field we have spent many months apart from each other.

    I always admired the ring on his finger (made from a different meteorite) and the fact that he had one made for me and sent to Canada ....well...we all know the very real emotional attachment we have to these physical symbols of friendship, love, respect. That being said, when that ring flew off my finger I was devastated. I was lucky enough to have complete strangers join in my search with the best of intentions,..So amazing!

    The next day I went to work and came home to look for it myself. Something in me told me I wasn't going to find it because I was looking with emotional and frantic eyes.

    I came upstairs and googled "metal detector rentals vancouver" and that's how I found Chris.

    He actually answered my call while in the middle of dinner with his family. I felt like a jerk with first world problems at that point..But after meeting Chris, I can't tell you how he validated my situation.

    He took me through the what's and why's of what he was going to do, and involved me in the process, which I think is so key in doing what he does. I mean, I felt all the emotions, sad..guilty...dumb..you name it...

    But he arrived on the scene and I felt OK.

    He took the time out of his life to make someone feel OK.

    He found my ring and made me smile....I joke with myself that I would buy a ring and lose it just to have that experience again...

    Thank you Chris...

    Stephanie Walker

  • I couldn’t believe someone could be so kind and so honest – he really was my guardian angel that day.
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    Chris and the Ring Finders are miracle workers – they really do find needles in haystacks!

    A few weeks ago I travelled from Charlotte, North Carolina to Orlando, Florida for a long weekend. It was my birthday and I wanted to relax with my husband and 6 month old daughter.

    After spending a day in Orlando we decided to make a trip to Cocoa Beach and get some sun (it had been snowing in Charlotte when we left!) After we arrived at the beach I started to put sunscreen on my baby. I was wearing my white gold diamond and sapphire engagement and wedding rings which had been fused into one ring –

    I didn’t want to get it grubby when I was putting cream on my baby so I took it off for a second. Not wanting to lose it on the towel I put it onto my pinky toe (yes, I really did that!!!!) for what I planned on being a second – and promptly forgot about it. It must have been an hour later when I thought about putting more sunscreen on my baby, that I realized my ring was missing.

    I was frantic – looking all around where we were sitting, but also at the ocean and the trash cans where I had walked. I couldn’t be sure it hadn’t fallen off at any time when I was walking around. We searched for over 3 hours but we couldn’t find it. I was so upset.

    I couldn’t believe I would be leaving the beach without my ring. After that our vacation was pretty much ruined. We went home to North Carolina the next day, but I just couldn’t relax knowing my ring was still out there. I couldn’t sleep!

    Two days after losing the ring I decided to google the ring’s description and the day and location where I lost it – just in case anyone honest had found it and reported it on Craigslist or another lost and found site. It didn’t come up, but this website did – someone had a story in one of the testimonials about losing a white gold ring on Cocoa Beach. I was fascinated by the website and looked up the local ring finder for Cocoa Beach – John Morgan.

    I really didn’t hold out any hope that he would find it, or that he would even answer the phone – it was just a last ditch effort so I could get some peace of mind that I had at least tried. John was so nice on the phone. He told me that the area where I was describing I had lost it was a very heavily hunted area of beach and that it may have already been found, but he gave me some websites and forums where a treasure hunter might have found it and posted about it.

    I felt good about the conversation with Jon – I trusted him and I was so grateful that he was willing to look for the ring. He didn’t even want anything to go and look. While I was grateful, I really didn’t hold out much hope that he would actually find it.

    I emailed him a screenshot on google maps of where we were sitting on the beach, and some snaps of my husband and baby on the beach with buildings in the background. I also had the parking ticket with a timestamp on it and the exact park where we had parked the car.

    I couldn’t believe it when he called the next day and told me he had found it!! I was stunned and so grateful. It truly was a miracle. He said he had found it by using the snapshots I had sent, to triangulate our exact position on the beach and found it right there where we had been sitting.

    It had even survived the beach tractor going over it. He mailed it to me the same day, by UPS, with insurance on it and I got it several days later. He wouldn’t even give me a return address to send him some compensation for finding it. I couldn’t believe someone could be so kind and so honest – he really was my guardian angel that day. I know he spent several hours looking on the beach, not to mention paying for parking, postage and making at least two trips to the beach.

    Thank-you Chris for providing this amazing service. Your finders can truly find needles in haystacks. I thought it was gone for sure. I’m just so happy that something that is so precious

  • I starting screaming and hugging Larry "My New Best Friend"
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    I lost my engagement ring on the beach, in the sand at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, Florida on Sunday. We spent 2 1/2 hours sifting sand and scoring the area with a metal detector. No luck. Thank you to the Park Rangers for lending us the equipment.

    My husband had the brilliant idea to Google "help finding a lost ring on the beach in Naples" and The Ring Finders came up. He called Larry Spearing. Larry met us at the beach yesterday morning. Larry made two very methodical passes over the area with no luck.

    We were getting very discouraged and thought the ring was lost forever.

    Then Larry went back to his truck and took out The Mother of all metal detectors and lo and behold within minutes he pulled the ring out of about 10" of sand. I starting screaming and hugging Larry "My New Best Friend". The whole process to took under an hour.

    If you ever find yourself in this terrible situation know that there is help. I wish we had known to call him on Sunday afternoon, we would have saved a lot of hard work and heart ache.

    Thank you Larry!

  • I was SO thrilled and kept laughing and praising Stan for his amazing skills.
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    This week in my personal scripture study I read Luke chapter 15. When I got to these verses, I had to smile :

    8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

    9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

    I smiled because I had a recent occasion when I had reason to rejoice over something I had lost.

    Last week I lost my keyfob in the sand at the beach--actually, I will admit, I slightly BURIED my keyfob in the sand and then put my flip flops on top while I was paddleboarding at sunset. Never once did I think someone might steal my flip flops, thus making it difficult to know exactly where the key was buried. (I did, however, have a little voice inside me that asked if it was a good idea, which I thought was possibly my husband's voice in my head, and I dismissed it. Sorry, Jon!)

    ANYWAY, we paddled until the full moon was shining across the bay, and sat on our boards trying to decide which view was better--the side with the lingering golden glow of sunset or the side with the bright full moon light dancing on the water.

    Eventually we got back to shore just as dark was setting in and, to our dismay, my flip flops were long gone. A nice man, Mark Carlisle, came in on his paddleboard after us, and seeing my friend and I searching in the sand, offered to help. The three of us "sought diligently"and "swept" the sand for quite some time but we could not find the key. Finally we used Mark's cellphone to call Jon to bring us the spare key. While waiting for my husband to leave work, pick up the spare key and drive to the beach (nearly 45 minutes), Susie and I continued to search and search, systematically raking the sand on our hands and knees over and over again. But we could not find that key!

    Even though both of us had been praying silently the entire time to find the key, we eventually decided to kneel and pray out loud together. During the prayer, I had a warm feeling come over me and felt a strong spiritual confirmation that we would indeed find the key. (Those silly keyfobs cost over $200...that's why I really wanted to find it!)

    But when Jon finally got to us, we still hadn't found it. So we loaded our boards and drove home. I wasn't all that worried because I knew from the impression I had had while praying that we would somehow recover the key. On the way home Susie googled "metal detectors OC" and found a local man named Stan Ross of ringfinders.com, and I decided I would call him in the morning.

    Susie, Stan Ross and Me with the key!

    Early the next morning I met Stan back at the beach, and lo and behold, he had already found the key before I got there. I was SO thrilled and kept laughing and praising Stan for his amazing skills. (Not only was Stan a skilled finder with the best metal detecting equipment, he was also the nicest man!) The key was right were we had been searching. We had combed that exact spot by hand a half a dozen times. I was overjoyed! I called my friends and family: "Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost!"

    Now, the story in Luke does not end with the rejoicing woman who had found her lost coin. In verse 10 the Savior says:

    10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

    The joy I felt when the key was found was real and big and exciting. So I can only imagine the EXQUISITE joy in heaven when a lost lamb is recovered--when one of God's beloved children turns his/her life around and returns to the path of our Father in Heaven. I can truly imagine the shouts of joy in heaven when someone on earth who had lost faith recovers it; when someone on earth who had wandered into darkness turns back to God's light. I have seen it happen in my own family in the last few years, and it is continuing right now in ways I could only have DREAMED of in the past. That is heaven-on-earth joy. That is when angels and men rejoice together. That is why two of my children are serving missions right now--one in Russia and one in Malaysia. They are out there searching to find our Father's lost sheep and bring them into His fold. What joy!

    Rejoice with me!

    (If you are in Southern California and ever need a metal detector, I highly recommend Stan Ross . He blogged here about our experience together.)

  • I was searching the internet looking for anyone that may be able to help, when I came across The Ring Finders website.
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    Last week I took down my Christmas lights and decorations and was hurrying as it was quickly getting dark and beginning to snow outside.

    As I finished and came into the house I realized that my wedding ring had somehow fallen off while outside. I frantically went outside with a flashlight and attempted to locate the ring but was unsuccessful. The next day I was searching the internet looking for anyone that may be able to help, when I came across The Ring Finders website.

    I read Jim’s blog and was given a sense of hope that he may be able to help as he has a 100% location success rate. I contacted Jim and we made plans to meet that Sunday to attempt to locate the ring. When Sunday arrived I did not think we would be able to search as it was raining / sleeting with still over 5 inches of snow on the ground.

    Jim arrived with his friend Lance and after introductions the two men began to search for the ring. After nearly two hours of searching Jim began to thoroughly search each bush while on his hands and knees as a last attempt to locate the ring. I heard Jim call out that he found it and immediately showed it to me. Jim & Lance’s professionalism and skills were very present that day and I would recommend them to anyone who ever needs their services going forward.

    Rodney

  • This man will find your ring 100% don’t pass him up
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    On January 4th I made the final decision to purchase my girlfriend an engagement ring to give to her at midnight (because the fourth was her birthday and I didn’t want to give it to her for that.) So at midnight in front of twenty of our friends and family I got on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said yes and then the excitement followed pictures everywhere and a celebration.

    We decided to let the night drag on into an after party. We went to our friend’s house and had about six of us just hanging out. We all decided to go outside when my girlfriend decided to go play in the snow(she was excited so it was just her having fun.) However the ring had not been sized one hundred percent at this point.

    She eventually got out of the snow and realized that she had dropped her ring!! We immediately started to search the area with phone flashlights trying to find the ring. After a while we realized that all these people weren’t a good choice because we were just stepping on each others toes.

    We ran to Wal Mart to get materials for a search party since we couldn’t find a metal detector. Armed with flash lights, head lamps, a few rakes and will power we began our five hour search in the back yard. We still came up empty at around 7 am I was offered a metal detecting wand to help assist my search. Again no luck with the wand. After hours of searching I had finally decided to do some research on the whole topic of losing rings. Somehow I stumbled across theringfinders.com.

    I didn’t think that this would be any help because I was sure there was no one in the area but I decided to give it a look anyway. There ended up being someone roughly ten miles away from the house I was doing the search party! I was able to get in contact with Mr. Wagner and he said he would be able to come out later in the day because he had another call and he was checking to see what the weather was going to do. After I contacted him I decided I’d give it one more go just because I was still worried and wouldn’t be able to sleep anyway.

    I went and purchased a metal detector from harbor freight tools and now I was ready to go on a search again. Ok without saying much unless your trained don’t even waste your time buying one of these. Eventually we gave up even searching with a detector we were getting hits everywhere in the yard. As soon as I decided to call it a day Mr. Wagner called me back to say he was on his way around 10am. Himself and a colleague showed up shortly thereafter armed and ready to find the ring.

    I had a general direction of where we thought the ring was at so I gave them the perimeter and they were on the hunt. As soon as they started not even 30 seconds !!! into the search they were able to locate the ring!!!! They were both very nice gentleman and I was finally able to go to sleep after an all night search party in frigid conditions digging through snow with bare hands. This man will find your ring 100% don’t pass him up if you’re in need of help the price was next to nothing for such a priceless piece of jewelry.

    Ring Loser

    Anthony

  • Once Chris arrived and started the search I was holding my breath.
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    The moment I found out my dads ring was lost... And somewhere in the snow my heart sunk. I lost my Dad to suicide in April of 1996 and this was the ring he wore.

    I prayed and asked my Dad to help me find the ring all night. The next morning I laid in bed trying to figure how I could find it. I started researching about metal detectors but felt overwhelmed.

    Then I came across the ring finder website and found Chris Turner. I called him and he was so reassuring that he could help me. My mind was eased a bit but knew I wouldn't feel good until it was found.

    Once Chris arrived and started the search I was holding my breath. I was amazed and so relieved when he found it. Thank you Chris!!

  • I am so so grateful to Chris and The Ring Finders!
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    I am so so grateful to Chris and The Ring Finders! It was so nice to have a happy ending to a really bad week.

    I lost my rings in the snow and then shortly after that had a pretty bad car accident. When I found The Ring Finders I was a little sceptical but thought, "this is probably my best shot at getting my rings back".

    After talking to Chris on the phone and then meeting him I was totally put at ease and felt confident that he could find my rings and sure enough he did.

    This man is such a kind hearted, easy going, truly good person. He has no fee and works purely on a rewards basis, which to me showed me that what he really loves is helping people.

    The world needs more kind people like Chris who are passionate about bringing joy to people's lives!

    If you ever lose something close to your heart, call The Ring Finders - they will do everything they can to help you find it, and in my experience they're pretty good at what they do! Thank you Chris!

  • TheRingFinders.com... I read of success stories of rings found and my hope was restored. I found Dave Milsted and called him
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    Just another Saturday at the beach or so we thought!

    As a mother of 3 young boys, I decided to take a last minute day trip for the end of summer. We piled up the minivan with my husband, my mother, our AuPair and my three boys! Before leaving the house…my inner voice told me to leave my wedding ring at home since I had lost some weight…it was loose but, I didn’t listen. We packed the car full. We had the cooler, beach chairs, boogie boards and toys for the sand. We brought everything but Sunblock…. Yes, we all ended up burnt. We drove around for about 15 minutes trying to find a parking spot when we came upon Cove Beach in Cape May, NJ. I’ve been going to Cape May beaches for over 20 years and have never been to that particular beach before. So, we parked the car, and set up our stuff.

    We played in the water! Taking on the waves. My two oldest boys were brazen…going out really far….enough to concern the lifeguards to whistle us in closer (it was a yellow flag day)….so then we built sand castles. We then came back to the beach blanket and ate some snacks. Back to the water again, riding the waves and then the youngest wanted to come back in the sand castle area. I had some trouble getting up out of the water and put my hands in the sand and there went the wedding band. But, I didn’t notice it then…I went back into the water with my husband while the kids searched for the perfect shells! When I came back…I sat down in the sand where the waves crashed in on our legs digging my hands into the sand looking for shells for the boys…we posed for a few family shots and then I realized it! The ring was gone. OMG!

    I turned to my husband and lifted my hand to show no wedding band! He said “You’re joking, right?” “I wouldn’t joke about this” I said. He immediately jumped up and helped me frantically searched the sand. The tide was coming in harder and harder…we could hardly see. The kids looked, the babysitter looked, even some strangers on the beach…I was crying so hard, I needed to clean my glasses….I then realized from the family pictures…I might be able to see when I last had it on… and I saw it!!! When I was swimming with my youngest son. So, I knew where it was probably gone at but the tide had come in so far I knew I’d never get it back. I cried and cried. My husband hugged me and said he’d buy me another one. It wouldn’t be the same. I didn’t want a new wedding band…I wanted the one he gave me when we promised each other the rest of our lives together 10 years ago. I thought it was ironic that my husband asked me to marry him and gave me an engagement ring on another beach in Cape May, NJ years ago and now I lost my wedding band in Cape May, NJ.

    A short time later, I was so upset and defeated…we packed the car back up and headed home. After the beach, we were supposed to go to the Wildwood boardwalk and ride some rides but….I just couldn’t build myself up to enjoy it. On the ride home I knew I’d never get my ring back. My mom reminded me that other than my ring loss, I still had my family and my kids were safe and happy. Even though my family was safe and that was really the most important thing to me…I still couldn’t stop being upset about losing my ring and my stupidity for not leaving it at home. My mom offered to come back the next morning and comb the beach with me… When I got home and everyone was getting ready for bed…I Googled to see what my chances would be if I could even had any chance. I looked at the possibilities of renting a metal detector and then came upon TheRingFinders.com. I read of success stories of rings found and my hope was restored. I found Dave Milsted and called him to see what could be done. I told him it was a gold wedding band with 11 inset diamonds. He told me to map the area I thought it was lost. I immediately mapped where we were sitting, where I thought it was lost and where we swam. Then my 3 boys brought me beautifully made “homemade rings” made from paper to replace my wedding band. I smiled for their thoughtfulness and creativity.

    I then sent the email to Dave. I didn’t hear anything back. I anxiously checked email in the morning and saw I mis-typed his email address. OMG!!! Quickly I resent it to the correct email and added some more details.

    Dave responded immediately and suggested he could go out on Tuesday. Slightly disappointed I put my faith in the fact that he has been doing this for years and if he felt there was an urgency…or not…then he’d be right. So, I stopped worrying until Tuesday. Since 8am Tuesday morning, I checked my email and phone every 30 mins or less. As the day pressed on, so my pressure skyrocketed. I even shed a few tears while telling the story to co workers. I figured, the longer it took to hear from Dave, the less likely it would be that he’d found it….

    Then, I received an email from Dave saying he had a few questions asking me to call him! I jumped right on the phone and called. Dave asked me a few more questions about the location I thought it was lost. I explained where I thought I was and then he told me that the beach was packed and that there were already folks with metal detectors, the sand was loose and….my heart sank.

    Then, he then told me he found my ring! I think I asked him if he was serious….and after he said “YES”…I was speechless. I couldn’t speak…I was crying hysterically and couldn’t stop! The sentimental value for me was so much more than the jewelry price value. I tried to get out the words to say Thank you and that I would call him back when I left my job to discuss picking it up. I immediately called my husband and my mom crying. They could hardly understand me but they finally realized what I had said and were both shocked and excited!

    Dave, there are no words for what you do for people/families like ours. There is no replacing a memory or the value that was placed on something because of its emotional association with it when something is lost. You replaced it for me and renewed my strength in humanity that there are honest people who care about others and want to help people…”Thank you.” That is the smallest thing I can say and the biggest thing I can mean at the same time. I am glad my wedding band will be in safe hands until we officially meet and I promise to NEVER wear it in the Ocean again (at least until I get it re-sized)!!!

  • I will certainly recommend The Ring Finders web site
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    A BIG thank you to The Ring Finders, Bill Dobbins and Al with Lehigh Valley Airport Operations, for helping me find my wedding ring!

    I lost my ring while attending the Lehigh Valley Airshow on August 25th and after calling the Airport lost & found, post air show cleanup with no luck, I asked the Operations Manager if it would be possible to permit me to search the area where I believe I lost the ring. They said yes and I thought ok, this is going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack, so I probably should get my hands on a metal detector.

    Subsequently, I began a search on the internet to find one to rent when I came across an article from someone who had lost a ring at the Jersey shore only one week earlier. That individual originally was also seeking to rent a metal detector when they came across The Ring Finders web site.

    The individual connected with a contact from the web site and located his lost ring the following morning within an hour. I thought, wow this makes total sense! Why try to find it myself when you can have a pro help you find it! So I immediately went to The Ring Finders web site and connected with Bill and planned our trip out to the Airport.

    We met with Al in Airport Operations who helped us get orientated on the airfield grounds and to the location where I thought I may have lost my ring.

    Bill found my ring within an hour, and needless to say I was very excited…both Al and I were quite impressed!! I will certainly recommend The Ring Finders web site and Bill to anyone who may need such services in the future!

  • Little did we know that there is an angel named Chris Turner who is able to help us and that he is only a phone call away!
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    Chris Turner compassionately turns gloom into exhilaration by illuminating dismal moments with arrays of hope which bloom into sensational memorable moments of ecstasy.

    Nobody likes loosing things, especially precious meaningful jewellery with high sentimental value. When you do lose it, you’d do almost anything in your power to get it back.

    Less than two months past our wedding day, my husband lost his wedding ring at Whonnock Lake. Even though he realized it right away when the ring slipped off his finger and 6 of us searched and scavenged the vicinity of the area where the ring came off for over 45 minutes, we were unable to find it! The water was murky and the sand was pebbly so we gave up and spent a very depressed Saturday evening and Sunday sighing over the lost ring.

    Little did we know that there is an angel named Chris Turner who’s able to help us and that he’s only a phone call away!

    Chris Turner generously offered his helping hands to find my husband’s wedding ring. Thanks to him, in less than twenty four hours, the ring was back on my husband’s finger and the smile was back on our face!

    Chris Turner, we love you and we wish the best for you and your family.

    You truly deserve all the best in life. May Karma bring you an abundance of wealth, health, passion and success.

    Sincere Regards,

    Tara and Shahrooz

  • August 9th was one of the worst days of my life, however, August 12th became the day I will most remember and I have no one else but Dave to thank for that.
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    On Friday August ninth my evening began like so many others and ended like no other…My fiancée and I went to dinner and we were having a wonderful evening; great food, music and drinks. We were discussing what day we should plan our wedding, where the location would be etc. Later we left the restaurant and the idea of taking a walk on the beach to watch a lighting storm over the ocean seemed romantic and appealing.

    Once there, we walked hand and hand…the sound of the ocean and waves lapping up onto the shore was just so beautiful…so beautiful I decided I was going to go wading around in it. It was now dusk, and looking back, it wasn’t the brightest idea in the world because when I turned to look at my fiancée one of those very waves hit the back of my knees which caused me to loose my footing and down I went into the surf…I struggled to get myself up but it proved so difficult Daniel had to trudge in and come to my rescue.

    Soaking wet and humiliated I made my way back to the car, dried off, changed into some clothes, and headed home…that’s when Daniel said “Babe…your ring!” I looked down to fine only a tan line where my ring once sat.

    It was gone…washed away in the tide when I struggled so foolishly to gain ground. I was instantly heartbroken and quite honestly, hysterical. I didn’t know what to do. The next morning I woke at dawn and raced to what I thought was the location, and began searching. Up and down the beach I walked straining my eyes in hopes to find this ring that meant so much to me, defeated I left only to return in the evening with a three pronged rake…I dug, and looked and cried, still there was no ring. It had seemed the ocean had taken it for her own and the sadness and guilt I felt only deepened.

    Later that night I was on the computer…my ring of course being the only thing I could think about; I began searching lost rings in the ocean. As I scrolled through a sea of tales written about similar experiences I stumbled onto a site TheRingFinders.com, my curiosity was peaked. Clicking through the links I finally came across the name Dave Milsted and I thought to myself “It’s worth a shot to shoot him an e-mail…what’s the worst that could happen, he won’t answer”? Before I knew it I was writing to explain my desperate situation and asking for help. I clicked send and I waited. No sooner did I write I saw there was a reply…and it was Dave! I nearly jumped out of my chair I was so excited, I actually got a response and he was interested in coming to my aid…I had a shred of hope, finally.

    After a brief correspondence Dave said he would be willing to search out my ring and that he could come that Monday…the longest two days of my life I must say, but I was overjoyed that there was a chance that maybe, just maybe, I would find this diamond in the sand. Monday finally came and Daniel and I met up with Dave at the beach entrance in Brigantine. I was a bit nervous due to the fact that the sky was beginning to look a bit ominous. The dark clouds stretched out over the dunes and we moved fast in an effort to cover what ground we could. Daniel pointed out where he roughly thought I went in and as I stood at the waters edge I thought “I think I was here” a bit south from where Daniel had suggested but he insisted, and I was unsure so I went and agonizingly looked on as Dave began his search.

    Tirelessly he moved back and forth through the water and along the beach scouring the sand with his new detector (I later found out I was the first to break this one in); it began to rain and I looked at the sky silently pleading for it to stop so Dave wouldn’t…he didn’t; instead he only continued. Finally, the rain eased up and a rainbow broke out in the horizon just over head of where Dave was working. Daniel said “Look a rainbow” I smiled a little and hoped it was a sign but one hour, two hours, three hours passed and still no ring. It wasn’t here I thought.

    At this point my Rainbow man was now working in front of me in the tide; I told Daniel I was going to ask him if he would come back Saturday to work the South side where he was now inching towards, I just had this burning feeling it was there. Daniel was insistent that it wasn’t down that far but I said “It will make me feel better if I know this whole area was covered.” No sooner did I say it I saw Dave approaching and I slowly got myself up to meet him.

    As I moved closer to him I began to speak but before I could say a word he shook his sifter at me; I looked down and there it was, my ring!!! Dave pulled it from the ocean, and truly blew my mind! I was stunned, ecstatic and absolutely over the moon! Daniel couldn’t believe it. I must have hugged Dave ten times in that moment!

    August 9th was one of the worst days of my life, however, August 12th became the day I will most remember and I have no one else but Dave to thank for that. He returned something precious to me…something I thought I would never see again.

    I’ll forever be thankful to you Dave. You are an angel…not just to me, but to so many others and you will forever be… my Rainbow Man. Thank you!

  • My husband ran out of the water and burst into tears at seeing his ring. With tears of elated joy, he gave Mike a hug.
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    On Aug 13th, my husband, daughter, and I were enjoying a beautiful day with our family on Caspersen beach. We were enjoying swimming at low tide looking for sharks’ teeth. Right at the end of our time, my husband finished looking at the last pile of shells in his hand. He noticed that he had just lost his ring. My sister and I tried looking with goggles for about ten minutes, but realized it was pointless. We all left the beach disheartened that my husband lost his wedding ring that meant the world to him. My parents talked about people actually finding rings in the water with metal detectors.

    While we had a somber afternoon, I decided to Google lost rings in Venice, Florida. I saw postings on Craigslist. I scrolled a little more and saw the web site for The Ring Finders. I saw Michael Miller’s information and decided it was worth the shot.I contact Mike via text, and he got back to me in less than 15 minutes. He said that he would meet us at the beach the following day.

    The next morning, Mike met us at the spot we were at before. He got right to work trying to find the ring. Each time he stopped and dug, I wished to myself that he found it. After about an hour, Mike came out of the water to my seat. I figured he was going to tell me that he was going to take a break. Instead he reached into his metal bucket and pulled out my husband’s wedding ring! All I could do was cry and shout to my husband in the water that he found it. My husband ran out of the water and burst into tears at seeing his ring. With tears of elated joy, he gave Mike a hug.

    We will forever be grateful to Mike for donating his time and expertise to find my husband’s wedding ring that meant the world to us.

    The Hoard Family

    Christopher, Tonya, and Reese

  • Thank you so much, Chris. Words cannot describe how happy we are. You are providing a great service and you are truly helping people!!!!~
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    ~Every once in awhile you meet someone who is a true gem. You know those people who bling from the inside? Chris is one of those people. When Justin told me that he lost his ring my heart sank. I tried to stay optimistic, but I figured the chances of finding it were slim to none. Justin woke up early in the morning and drove 90 minutes to Golden Ears to comb through the sand with his fingers, no luck. I began to search the internet for metal detector rentals, and postings for people who may have found the ring and posted it online. Miraculously I found Chris's blog!! When I called him he just so happened to be in Maple Ridge, talk about serendipitous! He rearranged his schedule for us so that we could meet at the lake and at least have closure if we didn't find it. We made the trek down to the lake and he found it within 5 minutes!!!! I cried. That ring belonged to my late Opa, and is engraved 1944. It is a family heirloom, and it is such an honour to even get to wear them. Thank you so much, Chris. Words cannot describe how happy we are. You are providing a great service and you are truly helping people!!!!~

    Kelsey

  • Deldon Krueger was the answer to my prayers!
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    Deldon Krueger was the answer to my prayers! I lost my engagement ring in the grass on a side of a busy street, my fiance and I took turns searching for it for three days, called Deldon Krueger and they found my ring in about 1 hour! They are miracle workers and very nice and caring. Thank you for your diligent and thorough work! Brianne

  • I am so happy to be reunited with my ring of such great significance! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH STAN!!!
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    I lost a ring with great sentimental value on Friday evening. I had the ring custom made in Jerusalem where "Revelation 21:1-7" was inscribed on it in Hebrew along with a Messianic symbol. As I was wading in the water at Bolsa Chica state beach in high tide. I didn't even feel the ring slip off of my finger. Minutes later as I started walking back to the fire pit I realized that it was gone. I frantically searched for about an hour until the beach was closed. I had just about given up when on Monday I decided to post an ad in the lost and found section of Craigslist. As I was looking through ads, I found a posting that mentioned theringfinders.com. I read about Stan and thought that it wouldn't hurt to give him a call. Stan explained about the tides as he was looking up information. It just so happened that the tide was going to be quite low that evening and Stan said that he would start searching right away. in approximately two hours, Stan sent me a text with a photo of my freshly excavated ring! I was shocked and ecstatic. I raced down to meet him and was there in less than 30 minutes. I am so happy to be reunited with my ring of such great significance! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH STAN!!!

    WIth deepest gratitude,

    Joshua

  • I can't thank you enough for finding one of my most valuable possessions, my wedding ring.
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    Dave,

    I can’t thank you enough for finding one of my most valuable possessions, my wedding ring. I lost it because I let my vanity get the best of me- I took it off while getting some sun and soon thereafter dropped it in the grass.

    I didn’t notice that it wasn’t on my finger until hours later but by then it was too late. Neither me, my husband nor 3 other friends could find it after hours of searching. We even borrowed a family member’s “really good” metal detector but soon learned that not all metal detectors are made equal.

    Lucky for me, after searching online for metal detectors, I found your advertisement online under “Ring Finders.” I had no idea someone like you was out there but can attest, your job is highly valued as you found my ring within a couple of minutes. Unbelievable! My husband and I are forever grateful.

    Sharon and Justin.

  • Chris Turner, the man who saved a beautiful story behind my wedding ring.
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    Taking a few minutes is the least I can do to say thank you to Chris Turner, the man who saved a beautiful story behind my wedding ring.

    Well, everything started last Thursday June 13. I was playing soccer with my friends at Jericho park in Vancouver, as usual on Thursdays. We started around 7:15 pm, however it was not until 9:15 pm when it was my turn to be goalie and I realized that my ring has fallen off. Ohhhh, my god!!! The word stopped for me in that moment, I was so upset, that I didn't even pay attention to the game anymore, and my friends asked me what was going on. I told them, "I LOST MY RING!!!!" and immediately we started the search. First, it was just me a the other two guys that were playing defense for my team, but then the other guys came to help as well. It was getting dark around 9:45 pm and there were around ten guys helping me to search for my ring close to the goal area where I was sure my ring fell off from my finger.

    It was already 10 pm and most of the guys had to go home, but I didn't want to move from the place, since I felt like a part of me was missing in the field, I kept looking for a few more minutes until when I decided to call my wife and tell her about the accident. She was very supportive and reacted promptly to look for some metal detector to rent on the internet. Thus, by the time I came home, she already found in Google the Ring Finders website, and even She already had contacted Chris.

    I have to confess that I was reluctant about the idea of a ring finder, because I was afraid a losing my ring forever. However, after I talked to Chris, he sounded so professional and willing to help, despite the fact the I told him we didn't have enough money to pay him. He wasn't interested in the money, he was focused in the ring, and rather than asking for the location of the place as I thought he would do, he asked me several questions regarding the moment when I lost my ring. After talking about 5 minutes, we set up a meeting to search for the ring the next day early in the morning, since he had to work and I had a meeting.I met Chris yesterday at 7:30 (June 14, 2013) at Alma and 4th ave, and we went right to the place where I lost the ring. He asked me some questions about the exact place and the moment when i lost my ring, and then he marked the area and started to search. I was trying to help, but he asked me to give him a chance, hehehehe, so I just had to look and wait. After about ten minutes of search he gave the good news: "Is this your ring?", ohhhhh, I was so happy, and as he said that was his pay, making people happy.

    My wife and I are so grateful for the help of this awesome man, and we can testify that we really loves what he is doing.

    Thanks a lot for saving our story, and for making people like us so happy.

    Estefania and Jose

  • I love this ring because it was there on our day, every time I look at it it reminds me of my wife
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    On Wednesday of last week my wife and I left to go to a conference at the Hilton, in Sandestin Florida. Thursday was a great day. Perfect weather, calm water. We enjoyed the beach, but the water was still pretty cold.

    Friday, while my wife was at the conference, my ring came off while in waist deep water. I literally watched it sink to the bottom of the ocean. It was instantly swallowed by the powdery sand. It seemed like slow motion. Panic ensued. My heart began to race. I borrowed a small child's goggles. No luck. I had someone stand in the exact same place I was while I went and got 2 nets to strain the immediate area. After two hours my wife came out. Within 15 minutes she had called it a goner. She pleaded with me to not let this ruin our vacation.

    I was shivering after that much time in cold water. My stomach was in knots. I was on the verge of tears. (May 1 had been our 3 year anniversary.) I attempted to pull it together.

    While she was getting ready for dinner I hit the web. I was looking for tips to finding the ring. I filed a claim with hotel security - just to create a paper trail back to me.

    Anyhow- I came across a website called The Ringfinders. It seems to be an independent directory of professional metal detectors. There happened to be a Ringfinder in Pensacola

    (an hour away)

    I contacted John Arthur Sanders, he told me he would come on Saturday at low tide. He also told me if you are lucky, you may even look out of your window right now and see a man with a metal detector.

    I looked, and there was a man named Paul Smith. I ran down to the beach in my dinner attire and informed Paul of the situation. Paul began searching. I had to go to dinner...

    The next morning I got up at 6 a.m. Paul was getting ready to enter the water. I went down to assist. It turns out Mr. Smith is retired Airforce. We are talking about one tough 67 year old Vietnam vet. We searched for several hours in waist to chest deep cold water. He refused compensation. Mr. Smith was no quitter. He was determined to find that ring. It was like a mission to him, but we reached a point where we had to get out of the water. I carried his gear back to the car for him. He told me he would keep my information and continue the search. I never got his contact information.

    At 2:00 John arrived. We were about to see if my layered approach was going to pay off. He promptly said "show me where you lost that ring, son" - that one line had the same feeling as "there's a new sheriff in town" - he began the search, now at low tide. Within 30 minutes he had found my ring. He had estimated its location based off the timeframe, wind, and my original location. I gave this complete stranger a very large hug, on the beach, for everyone to see. I paid him what we had agreed on plus a very nice tip. Here's the photo:

    Later that night, Mr. Smith called. He was back on the beach - ready for round 3. Luckily, someone informed him that we had found the ring. I felt so thankful that he called. At that moment, he was my only regret. I knew he would never stop looking, and I had no way of informing him that we had found it. This was pretty incredible.

    No one understood that this ring was not just another men's wedding band. To tell you the truth, now I don't really care who understands. I love this ring because it was there on our day, every time I look at it it reminds me of my wife, and because I take pride quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.

    This was a one in a million story. Just never give up.

    And, if you lose anything metal - just call a Ringfinder.

    Benjamin E. Burney

  • These guys are good at what they do! So if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, don’t despair, just call The Ring Finders!
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    I had just finished cutting the lawn at my home in Centreville, VA, trying to beat the rain showers that were slated to move into my Northern Virginia location later that evening, when I realized that my Grandfather’s diamond ring and my wedding band of 30 years were missing from the little finger of my right hand where I wore them both.

    This because of late life weight gain! I was certain that they must have come off while I was emptying the lawn mower cuttings into plastic bags. However, after a careful search of three bags of clippings, and repeated searches of my yard, I could not locate the rings.

    When I told a neighbor what had happened and that I was considering buying a metal detector he suggested I hire a “Ring Finder” to come a search my yard for the rings. I had never heard of such a thing, but a quick online search took me to the Ring Finders web site @ http://theringfinders.com/

    The closest ring finder to my location was Jim Wagner of Pasadena, MD. I called his number and told him about my situation. He was very personable and wanted to help me, but he wasn’t sure if he could get to my until the following weekend, however he said he would check with a friend of his to see if he could help me sooner.

    The prospect of living with my loss for a week without doing anything was worrisome to me so I decided to purchase an inexpensive metal detector and give it a shot myself. Fortunately, Jim called me back the next day and said he could come and assist me that very afternoon.

    This was very encouraging to me as my attempts to use the metal detector I had purchased were not yielding the desired results. Jim and his partner Lance arrived at my location within a couple of hours of his call and began to search immediately. Jim had told me in our previous phone conversation, (and as you can see on his web page), that he has a 100% success rate.

    I found that statement to be very encouraging, however, I couldn’t help but thinking that I would be the one to break his streak! As they began to search my front yard, I went around back to put my dog in the house as she was barking hysterically.

    After putting my dog in the house, I was about to make a call to my wife and let her know that the Ring Finders were here and searching when there was a knock at my front door. When I opened it, there stood Jim and Lance, my rings in hand!

    It literally took them less than 5 minutes to find them! I can’t tell you how amazed and appreciative I was! These guys are good at what they do! So if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, don’t despair, just call The Ring Finders! I give them my highest recommendation.

  • Hi Chris I would like to take this oppertunity to thank you and The Ring Finders
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    Hi Chris

    I would like to take this oppertunity to thank you and The Ring Finders and especially James for for an experience I will never forget. James was wonderful and a super cool guy. Even when conditions was worst than what it appeared to be, he motored through and got the job done. I took some photos and a video which I will be sending to james. And hopefully I won't have to call you guys for another search, haha. Thanks once again, you guys are amazing.

    Ryan

  • Its nice to see there are still good people in this world today.
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    We just want to thank Chris for the service he provides. He told me, “if her ring is in your backyard, I will find it”. Well, he found it!! In like 15 mins!! I couldn’t believe it!! Krista lost her ring Wednesday evening playing ball in the backyard with her daughter. She was devastated. We have been going through a rough spell lately…..it seems the only thing that wasn’t screwing up was our love for one another. I was franticly looking in the backyard, in the car all over the house….she was even looking in places it would never be, she just couldn’t sit still knowing it wasn’t on her finger. So here I am Googeling metal detectors and came across Chris’ website and called him. I told him our story and could tell right away this guy really cares for people and he felt bad for Krista. He insisted on coming out after working all day. I was trying to get him to come out on the weekend, but he said he wanted to come find her ring for her. He was here in an hour and 15 mins later, Krista had her ring on her finger, and tears of joy in her eyes.

    Its nice to see there are still good people in this world today. It was an honor having Chris at our home and in our lives. He is a hero. Seeing the smile on his face when he could return something so important to a total stranger was so cool to witness. Thank you Chris

    Shane and Krista

  • When I got home I was so sad crying and upset. I looked up what to do when you lose your ring in sand and the Ring Finder website came up.
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    Dear Stan,

    I can’t thank you enough for finding my mother’s ring. This ring means so much to me as my mom passed away on December 17, 2012. This ring was her favorite ring as she designed it her self from different rings she had and my dad who passed away on February 12, 2013 was the one who had it made for her.

    My kids and I had spend the day at the beach. My mom would always tell me to remove my rings when I put on cream, wash dishes or take a shower. She said it would get dirty and my rings wouldn’t shine. So, when she passed away I wanted to make sure I honored her wishes and I always take off her ring when I do any of these things. I took off the ring to put on sun block and put it on my lap. I must have got up for something and it must have fell. We were at the beach for about 4 hours when I remembered it was in my lap. When I looked down it was gone. My kids and I looked for over an hour. We asked the life guard if he had a metal detector and he said no, but let us know people come with metal detectorsin the morning. When I called my husband he said we had to go right away and wait for someone with a detector. I gave up hope figured it was gone and I would never see it again. I was so sad and mad. I prayed at the beach it would be found and on the way home.

    When I got home I was so sad crying and upset. I looked up what to do when you lose your ring in sand and the Ring Finder website came up. I wasn’t sure about it, but figured what do I have to lose the ring is already gone. I called Stan and explained where I was at and he said he would get over there right away before anyone else worked the beach and before it was combed.

    Not even an hour went by and Stan called me to let me know he had found the ring. I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked. How was that even possible. My husband and I met with Stan and he returned the ring.

    Thank you Stan for your honesty. I am so glad that there are people like you in this world. You are one of a kind.

    Sincerely,

    Monique

  • The RingFinders.com is a great resource.
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    Dear Stan,

    We are so grateful to you for finding our father’s lost wedding band in the sand at Crystal Cove State Park this afternoon. The RingFinders.com is a great resource. Through the site we found you, and that you were able to come to us within the hour was truly fantastic. Then, when you found the ring within five minutes, we were so relieved. Thank you again. I hope the rest of your day was as successful!

  • I decided to ask Google where I could find my ring. That was where I found http://theringfinders.com/,
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    Hi Cody,

    Thank you once again for finding my wedding ring. Please feel free to post the following on your website.

    The day before Thanksgiving I was outside raking the leaves from my lawn. When I came into the house I realized that I was no longer wearing my wedding ring. I asked my wife if she had seen it, which she hadn’t. We spent the next 10 hours searching both inside and out. By 1:00 AM, I had given up looking and started trying to convince myself that a new ring would be just as good. As a joke I decided to ask Google where I could find my ring. That was where I found http://theringfinders.com/, which got me in touch with Cody Easom.

    I emailed Cody at about 1:30 AM and actually had a response within an hour! He offered to come look for the ring on Thanksgiving day! He asked me to call him in the morning to work out the details, so Thanksgiving morning I called him. I was skeptical that he would be able to find the ring, but he was completely confident that if it was there he would find it. A few hours later he was at my house.

    When Cody arrived, our family watched as he got right to work. He was very good at interpreting the data from his metal detector. It was fun to watch him at work. He scanned around the lawn very quickly with his metal detector saying things like “that’s a new penny . . . that’s an old dime buried a few inches down . . . that is probably a coupler for your cable TV.” Within about 20 minutes he bent down and picked up my wedding ring! I couldn’t believe it. I had searched the exact area where he found it and so had my wife, but he found it easily.

    If you have lost a ring, even if it has been years, give him a call. If it is there, he’ll find it.

    Thank you so much!

    Sincerely,

    Russel Riley

  • To anyone who has lost a valuable piece of jewelry - call The Ring Finders!
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    To anyone who has lost a valuable piece of jewelry - call The Ring Finders! Chris was optimistic, professional, and empathetic. Moreover, he found my wedding band a full month after I had lost it, after we had already spent hours searching (by 6 adults on hands and knees, by my husband with a metal detector, and by another professional ring finder). When Chris started his search I was convinced that my ring was lost forever, but he proved me wrong!

    Chris asked me detailed questions and from this he carefully planned his search. I believe that my ring would never have been found without his experience, careful attention to detail, and thoughtful, methodical approach.

    I wholeheartedly recommend Chris to anyone that has lost a piece of jewelry. Don't give up hope - I truly believe that if it is there, Chris will find it!

  • The feeling of getting the ring back is indescribable as we never thought it was possible in all that snow
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    Hello Chris

    Thank you very much for helping us finding the ring.

    The first night we were going to sleep we were very sad I had lost my ring, so we started praying that we find some solution to find it.

    So the next day when I called grouse mountain services and Esther from guest services suggested about the metal detector , I started to google it and found you, when we saw your website , we knew that you will find it for sure.

    Thank you very much for your good, professional job and quick availability to do it when it was necessary.

    The feeling of getting the ring back is indescribable as we never thought it was possible in all that snow and since it was so dark we didn't really know exactly where it supposed to be, but to God there is nothing impossible in this world to find any solution to any problem, so thanks to God we found you :).

    Thanks again Chris

    Best Regards

    Ezequiel and Diana

    Bogota, Colombia

  • You and your wife are so wonderful! It was an honor meeting you two!
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    ”" Thank you again sooo much, Don!! I surprised Aaron with his ring when he got home from work last night…. I sat him down and proposed to him . Luckily he said yes We are both so happy to have his ring back. You and your wife are so wonderful! It was an honor meeting you two! “”

  • I am ever so thankful and apologize for doubting you.
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    James,

    Thank you so much for finding my wedding ring. I could not believe how quickly you found it, in less than 1/2 an hour, after I had spent hours over 3 days combing the field with a high tech metal detector and the help of every kid in the neighborhood and a few curious adults. Amidst the long grass and the clover and so many false alarms, including about 30 metal posts, it was amazing that you found it so quickly.

    I really did not think you would find it after my extensive search. I even questioned whether I would see it again even if you did find it. It could have just as easily ended up in your pocket. Sorry, but you were just some guy my husband found on the internet. A Ring Finder? Sounds a little suspect to me. Forgive me but I am married to a police officer.

    I am ever so thankful and apologize for doubting you. I hope to not need to use your services again, but I will not waste my time searching for anything ever again. I will vouch that you worked without even considering what the reward would be and that I believe you do this job purely for the enjoyment of finding things for people. It is obvious that your knowledge and experience with finding things is well beyond that of your average person. If you had an hourly rate, whatever it was would be worth it.

    I especially loved how you showed the ring to my eldest daughter on your walk back to me to ask her if the ring you found looked like my wedding ring. I saw the excitement in my youngest daughter’s face when she learned that you had found the ring she had taken without mommy’s permission and accidentally lost while playing in the field near the house. How thoughtful of you to involve them in the process.

    Thank you again. You went over and above the call of duty, offering to come out on Friday night at 8pm when we called to report the ring lost. Understanding when I cancelled your services on Saturday because I decided to search myself. And then following up on Saturday night to see if I had found it. And then actually coming out on Sunday after I called you to surrender my search over to you. My back is killing me. My husband told me repeatedly that I wouldn’t find it and that you would. For the first time in this relationship he was right. Teehee!!! He told me to write that. I added the second part.

    Again, our heartfelt thanks. Give my name and number out to anyone as a reference.

    Sincerely,

    Deb deHoog

  • James is not only finding an object like a ring but giving back to a person their hope and their memories that the object represents
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    Once again a million "Thank you's" could never repay you for your efforts in finding my Retirement ring. As promised, a letter of thanks.

    History:

    The ring was a gift from my Peers and Superiors after a 31 plus year career in Law Enforcement. I have worn it proudly for almost a year and have always been wary of misplacing or losing it so typically I am very cognizant of having it on and careful with it in differing environments.

    On Wednesday I was walking the woods adjacent to a Golf Course in Penticton and returned home. I did some minor yard work and awaited the end of the day to team up with my Girlfriend to go hit a few at the Driving Range. As I loaded her gear into her vehicle I noticed my Pinkie ring was missing. I took everything out of the trunk and turned it upside down with no luck. I replayed the day in my mind and came to the conclusion that the ring must have fallen off my hand during my hike.

    On Thursday I returned to the spot and retraced my steps without success. At home I checked the yard and areas I was working on and then once again went after the trunk of the car. I realized that the ring was definitely lost so I placed an ad in Kijiji of the loss as well as visited a local Pawn Shop to have that difficult conversation. I took a drive scouring the Penticton area beaches trying to find a beachcomber with their gear to make them an offer they could not refuse, but unfortunately I came up empty. Checking the Internet I could not find anything that would seem to be of assistance under 'Metal Detectors and Detection'.

    James contacted me to direct me to Theringfinders.com website and from this I contacted James back and we hatched a plan for the following day. James came from West Kelowna to Penticton on my behest, with a partial family in tow, to help me find my ring. James was very strategic and understanding and attacked the problem like a Detective in pursuit of the clues to the case.

    He labored hard on hilly terrain and located many interesting items but no ring. His confidence in his equipment and my confidence in his sincerity, knowledge and skill made me appreciate that if anyone would be able to find it, then I was looking at him. James made many attempts and did so to put my mind at ease. He had the foresight to insist that we make a detour to my home to check out the area of the backyard so that at the very least I could be certain that the ring was lost elsewhere.

    Within 5 minutes he had checked the main garden areas and went to the last row of Junipers to complete his search. I went inside to get James a soda and as I exited he held up my ring rights in front of my eyes and asked if this was it ... I was truly speechless and unbelievably grateful. Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought that he would have had success and especially not in my very own backyard!

    Personally I would like to say from the farthest and deepest regions of my heart a warm felt and genuine thank you for his diligence and never say die attitude! I was truly impressed by his principles and ethical behaviour that motivated him to take up the cause for me and others and work so hard to make the impossible - possible! I have seen a lot of good people do some amazing things for their fellow man but in this case James is not only finding an object like a ring but giving back to a person their hope and their memories that the object represents?

    Again, I cannot say thank you enough for how hard you worked to achieve this success ... Thank You!!!

  • Words cannot describe the feeling when I put the ring back on Eric’s finger. We felt total elation, gratitude, and relief.
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    Mark Ellis is a professional miracle worker! In July 2012, after living apart for three and a half years, Eric and I finally started the next chapter of our lives in one city and under one roof. Our wedding bands serve as a nice reminder that no matter what distance separates us, we are always together. So, as you can imagine, losing Eric’s wedding band in Lake Erie was not fun. Eric and I had almost reconciled ourselves to the fact that his wedding band was gone forever when Mark arrived and gave us hope.

    On August 26th, Eric and I joined his cousins for a day of fun at Woodlawn Beach on the shore of Lake Erie. I sat on the beach chatting while Eric and his cousins tossed a ball around in the water. Eric reached out to make a catch and his wedding band went flying. He saw it hit the water about two feet from where he was standing. He called his cousin Jim over to help look for the ring and sent Jim’s son to get me and help with the search. We looked for a while before deciding goggles might help. I made a quick trip to the store and bought goggles for all of us. After searching for three and half hours, we decided it was time to call it quits. Leaving the beach, knowing that Eric’s ring was resting in Lake Erie, felt terrible.

    The next day was stormy and, despite my efforts, was not a good day to search for the ring. I turned to the Internetinstead. While searching online for locals with metal detectors, I came across TheRingFinders.com site. Unfortunately, there were no ring finders in the Buffalo area. But I did find Mark Ellis in Toronto. I figured it was a long shot, but emailed him anyway. Mark contacted me right away and said he would be willing to come to Buffalo later that week. I returned to the beach on Tuesday with Eric’s cousins and a local man with a metal detector. The metal detector was nice to have, but unfortunately could not be submerged so it couldn't go to into the deeper water where the ring was lost. We searched for hours with no luck. I returned to the beach again on Wednesday, armed with my trusty goggles, but again, no luck.

    After searching for four days in row, Eric and I really started to lose hope. But we returned to the beach once again on Thursday, August 30th to meet Mark Ellis. We weren’t sure what to expect from a guy willing to drive all the way from Toronto to help two strangers search for a proverbial needle in a very large haystack. Well, Mark is a true professional and became an instant friend. After talking to him, we understood why he was willing to make the trip, he knew he could find Eric’s ring. He never had any doubt. Unfortunately, the winds really started to pick up and the water was rough. Mark had trouble keeping his footing and following his grid and finally had to throw in the towel. He was not giving up for good, but he knew we weren’t going to find the ring that day. We made plans for him to return the following week. I left the beachdisappointed, but my mindset changed. If anyone could find this ring, Mark would.

    I met Mark again on Friday, Sept 7th. He found a men’s wedding band, some coins, and lots of cans, but not Eric’s ring. After a spending some time with Family in Rochester, Mark joined us again bright and early on Sunday, Sept 9th. Eric liked to say his ring wasn’t lost; he just misplaced it in Lake Erie. Well, his ring was misplaced in Lake Erie for two whole weeks at this point.Mark put on his gear, and hit the water as determined as ever. Eric and I were playing around on the beach when we heard Mark yelling from the water. We looked over and knew he had the ring!

    Words cannot describe the feeling when I put the ring back on Eric’s finger. We felt total elation, gratitude, and relief. It is remarkable that Eric’s ring was recovered from Lake Erie and it is remarkable that a total stranger was willing to devote his time and effort to return something so precious to us. Thank you Mark!

    Sincerely,

    Ginger and Eric

  • This guy is a Legend............I will never forget his efforts , & his total Commitment to my Son & I .
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    Hi Chris

    Just wanting to place some feedback on an amazing New Zealand find.

    The Story:

    My Son grew up living with me from the age of 3 . He is now 30 . On his 20th birthday we talked about searching for a 21st present , that would be the Ultimate. Immediately & as though he had already thought this one through , he, as an artist living in the Capital , wanted to have 2x rings designed , that would lock together , the mould would then be broken and we would wear them always . For 9 years now this has been our amazing connection .

    About 6 weeks ago , I started helping an elderly lady clear her garden , well more like an acre of overgrown forest really, its amazing , a little like a magical space with sculpture & statues to find, just had become very difficult for her to maintain . First morning worked for a couple of hours on a small intricate pathway , on finishing I look to see my ring was missing.......I have no words for my feelings , even writing this now makes me well up. I would go back to search at the gardens time after time , & then in desperation put the call out to my friends.

    One friend put me on to Tony Duffy in Taupo........3 hours away in a car!!

    Tony was so understanding , he is so understated , thorough , & caring . He returned to the garden again and again , week after week trying to tee up times to meet. I watched him each time going waist , if not shoulder high in dense bush ,on an area which we could hardly stand in , at least 45 degrees.

    Finally , after yet another several hour search , and just before dark !!!......on the night before Fathers day !!!!!.......he said......is this it!!!!!!!

    Im sorry , but I just held him and cried.......this guy is a Legend............I will never forget his efforts , & his total Commitment to my Son & I .

    Not only do I now know a living Legend.........he has become a true Friend , and I will do anything for him.

    Thankyou for listening to my story , the finding of this ring has not only changed my values & beliefs it has Truly changed my life forever.

    Ringfinders you Rock!!!!!!!!!!

    Thankyou , from the Happiest Father in the World! [ tear in right eye ]

    Kevin Bridle Photography

  • Thank you again, so much. My family was also blown away that you found it.
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    Dave,

    Thank you again, so much. My family was also blown away that you found it.

    I think it is so awesome that you are able to share your hobby with your daughter, and she can experience a selfless way of making people happy.

    Quick story of why my ring is so important to me. My parents always had very simple gold bands as wedding rings. My dad never took his off. I was pretty young when it was at a point that he could not get it off anymore, and it was just a few years ago that after wearing it for 30 + years that he finally had to cut it off.

    I think that now I have worn my ring for 10 years. I was wearing it when my kids were born, when they took there first steps, the first stitches, when I taught them to ride a bike, the first day of school. And now I will be wearing it for all the "firsts" yet to come.

  • Losing my wedding ring was one of the saddest days of my life. Finding my wedding ring was one of the happiest :)
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    Thursday August 16, 2012 was the day that I lost my wedding band. I've always feared this could happen to me as I've heard many stories when this has happened to others and have always been thankful it wasn't me. I lost my ring while taking my dog out for a swim a little before noon at Alouette Lake. I was only in the water for about 15 minutes when I noticed that something didn't feel right. I looked at my finger and that's when my heart sank. I was destroyed! I knew the that the chances of finding this irreplaceable band was slim to none. I had about 10 people in the area help me look for it for over an hour without any luck. My wife Heather did not get mad about what had happened. In fact, she explained to me that it was only an object that could be replaced. Imagine if something would have happened to me? But that did not mean we didn't want to find it if we could... Heather got the ball rolling by searching on-line for anyone that specializes in finding lost jewellry. She sent me a message about a guy named Chris Turner from an organization named The Ring Finders. I was doubtful that calling this guy would yield any positive outcome so I waited a while and thought about it. Right before work I decided to call. What the heck! I talked with Chris later that night and we made arrangements to meet up at 7 am on August 19. The timing worked out perfectly with both my schedule and his. What a miracle. I was positive about the search but a bit leary about the chances of finding my ring after the time that had passed. I went in with the attitude that it wouldn't be found. The area that I originally thought was about 1000 square feet, turned out to be closer to 2000 square feet. The shore line was littered with rocks that went out at least 15 - 20 feet. The first couple of hours were exciting but when it wasn't found I became discouraged. I felt bad that Chris was putting in all of this time. However, Chris stayed extremely positive and continued to let me know that if it was in this area he would find it! It took a couple more hours when Chris walked over and I thought we were out of time and I was willing to give up. It was after I conceeded defeat that he showed me my ring! I was overjoyed, I couldn't believe it!! Chris did not give up and because of that I am very thankful! Losing my wedding ring was one of the saddest days of my life. Finding my wedding ring was one of the happiest :) Thanks Chris and thanks to The Ring Finders. I would highly recommend Chris as he never gave up searching.

    Raymond

  • A lifesaver indeed. You truly made this vacation one to remember
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    A lifesaver indeed. You truly made this vacation one to remember. Santa Cruz will never again be remembered for its beautiful beach and boardwalk. It is now remembered for the good Samaritan, super ring finder Scott Foss. thank you again for your super metal detector powers.

  • Scott, Thank you so much for finding my ring!
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    Scott, Thank you so much for finding my ring! I really did not have much hopes of recovery, but wanted to give it a try. I really appreciate how you talked me through the process.

  • It means everything in the world to me that you found my ring.
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    Hi Chris,

    Thank you The Ring Finders! It means everything in the world to me that you found my ring. It means more to me then anything else I have, other then my family's love.

    My day was already so sad and losing my ring was not what I needed. The fact that you found it for me made everything go from wrong to right.

    Thank you,

    Kristina

  • Thank you, Chris Turner, for returning back to me the chance to carry the symbol of his and my love
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    On the evening of Thursday, August 9 2012, I realized I had lost my white gold diamond eternity pendent from my necklace after a night of volleyball at Trout Lake Park.

    I was overwhelmed with regret for my carelessness and disappointment for losing the most treasured item that represented mine and my boyfriend's commitment to one another.

    Five years ago from this September, my boyfriend gave me that pendent for our first year anniversary and until I lost it for the first time a few days ago, I wouldn't have been able to remember what my chest felt like without the weight of the pendent.

    For the 12 hours between the time I realized I had lost the pendent to Chris Turner sifting through uncut grass to find it, my chest had never felt so empty.

    Despite my boyfriend's attempt to relieve my feelings of guilt, I couldn't bare to think of neglecting any possible effort or resource to search for the pendent that I had wished to remain a symbol of love in our future together.

    Fortunately, a friend of mine had suggested contacting Chris Turner, and within an hour, as promised, he met me at the park with my make-shift search grid that had failed me since 7:30am Friday morning. At 11:00am, Chris had started his work by going over my grid for the first time, and within half an hour of overlooking deceiving bottle caps and reflective dewy grass, he found the pendent under layers of flattened grass. Needless to say, I was ecstatic, speechless, grateful and relieved all at the sight of the pendent shining back at me.

    Thank you, Chris Turner, for returning back to me the chance to carry the symbol of his and my love, commitment and future together.

    Margaret Liu

  • Thanks again to TheRingFinders and Rick
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    My wife and I traveled to Cape Cod on Sunday July 8 for a quick over-night with her niece and family. Mid afternoon, her nieces husband Brian lost his wedding ring in a small tidal pool they were playing in. He did not move from where the ring fell off and found it after a good 20 minutes of searching.

    Having seen this, when it was my time to go for a swim, I took off my ring and watch and put them in a beach bag. Went for a swim and returned to the house and when I checked the bag, the watch was there but no ring. Thought perhaps it got caught in one of our towels which had been shook out. I searched the back yard and all around the area with no luck.

    Next I went back to the beach with no luck after another 1/2 hour.

    Monday July 9 went back to the beach and using a child's crab net I sifted a 20x20 square foot area of sand, again with no luck.

    While doing this Brain approached me and said the life guards knew someone who would come down free of charge and search. I said sure, why not? (I had actually checked Craigslist that morning about buying a used metal detector)

    Rick Browne showed up about 30 minutes later and after showing him where we were sitting, he went to work.

    5 minutes? That's about how long he took to find my ring. It's not terribly expensive but the sentimental value is of course irreplaceable. I couldn't be more thankful and appreciative of Ricks service.

    Thanks again to TheRingFinders and Rick, if you're ever in Sopers Hole in Tortola, I'll tell you where to look for my FIRST wedding ring!!!!

    Jeff Milne

    Manchester MA.

  • Thank you just doesn't seem enough....
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    Thank you just doesn't seem enough....

    What seemed like a great day for our week long cottage vacation, ended in sadness and disappointment. On July 25th 2012, my husband Neil and I decided to spend a day at Sandbanks Provincial Park with our family and friends. We were having a wonderful time enjoying the summer weather when my husband decided to cool off in the lake and throw the football around with his buddy.

    Then I heard it. It was my name, but there was panic and distress in the way it was said. I heard it again and when I turned around, all I saw was Neil almost waist deep in the water with his hands up in the air. He was pointing to his left hand where his wedding ring was, or in this case, wasn't. My heart sank. The current in Lake Ontario was very strong at this time and all I could do was take a deep breath. I knew it was gone. I walked towards him and as he was searching the lake bottom, he frantically said, "I lost it, babe. I lost my wedding ring." I started combing the lake floor with my feet, shuffling from side to side. After half an hour, I looked to my husband and said that we can't continue looking for it. We need to accept that it is gone and move on. Neil continued to look with our good friends Jimmy and Lorie until we left the park almost 2 hours later.

    When we arrived back in Toronto on Friday July 27th, I immediately went online and googled "Toronto metal detector" and it lead me to TheRingFinders website. I was amazed to find a service like this available to the public. I contacted Mark that afternoon and left a message with him briefly detailing my situation. He called me back within the same hour and I explained the whole story. Although Mark was not available to go directly to Sandbanks Provincial Park that weekend he did give me a sense of hope and provided me with very helpful suggestions for the weekend, such as posting lost + found ads in Kijiji and Craigslist. He said that Sandbanks is visited by many metal detector finders and if I posted an ad, one who possibly found my husband's ring since Wednesday would see my ad and contact me. He also asked me if any pictures were taken that day to help him pinpoint where we were at the beach. I immediately asked my friend Lorie who took a picture of Neil on her phone before he lost his ring to email it to Mark. He was able to take that picture and extract the coordinates from the file to find our exact location. It was amazing! We agreed that if I didn't receive any replies by Sunday afternoon, he would drive up to Sandbanks on Monday morning. Unfortunately, I didn't receive any replies to my ads and today (Monday), Mark was on the case.

    I heard my message notifier at 11:44 a.m. today. It was a picture of my husband's wedding ring on a bright green leaf. Mark found it. He actually found Neil's ring!! We drove up to meet Mark and pick up the ring today. Tomorrow is Neil's birthday and Mark, who is a man we never met or knew until now gave us the best birthday gift Neil has ever received.

    Thank you Mark for everything you have done. For your help, your support, your time and effort. Our 2nd wedding anniversary is in August and this will be a great story to remember that day.

    Neil + Rea

  • Mark was so reassuring and kind. He recovered my ring and I couldn't be happier!
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    Hi Mark,

    Excuse the delay here is my testimonial.

    I lost my wedding band of barely two months during a workout in a park. We knew the general area it was in but my husband, our trainer and I were having no luck finding it. We heard from a guy walking his dog that there was a guy who finds people's lost rings. My husband found Mark through his blog and got in touch with him right away. He dropped what he was doing and battled rush hour traffic to meet us in the park. Mark asked us in more detail what happened and started his search. Even after searching for longer than any of us expected it would take, in the brutal heat of the now afternoon, Mark was so reassuring and kind. He recovered my ring and I couldn't be happier! Being a jeweler I hear stories about lost engagement rings and special jewelry items all the time. So I am so glad to have found Mark and I will be sending all my customers his way.

    Many thanks

    Andrea

  • I found The Ring Finders website and called
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    My son was kayaking with my nephew in Trippe Creek near our house in Easton, Maryland. Men will be boys, and they started cutting up and tipped over the kayak. His wedding ring (which should have been sized better) slipped off his finger in 4 or so feet of water. He could not find it. He was in serious trouble with his wife and was quite upset with himself.

    The next day I searched online to find someone who had equipment for us to buy or rent or perform the search for us. I found The Ring Finders website and called the person with the address closest to our home and it was Jim. He agreed to come out on Sunday with his friend.

    He asked us to try to narrow the search area as much as possible. So, when they arrived on Sunday we had lined up my mom who had witnessed the incident and with my son on phone (he had already returned to his home out of state) we outlined a search area. The guys were patient, polite, and friendly. They were thorough in the search, and after almost 45 minutes in the water, Jim found the ring. Even they were amazed to find it, as it was in the muddy floor of the creek in almost 4 feet of water. I would highly recommend to anyone as Jim says, they have 100% success rate.

    Denise

    Easton, Maryland

  • To get some closure I hired Chris to make sure it wasn't there.
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    Almost three weeks ago I lost a prized family wedding ring that I planned on wearing when I get married in December to my beautiful fiancé. I was heart broken. I knew I lost it in the park while exercising but after posting lost and found adds everywhere I thought either the lawn mower got it or someone else had picked it up. To get some closure I hired Chris to make sure it wasn't there.

    With in 30mins of his arrival he was digging it up out of the corner of the field. It was not only such a pleasure to get my ring back but to also work with someone who truly loves what they do.

    Thanks Chris!

    David gatringer.

  • thank you so much for using your hobby to do good for others
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    Thank you Kent!! My wife and I are so grateful to you for finding my father-in-law’s wedding band. He is battling cancer right now and it means the world to have his wedding band back on his finger as my in-laws have been married for 47 years. I’m so happy that I could give him this small gift. Thank you so much for using your hobby to do good for others and bring joy to people who need it. Thank you again, and keep searching!! – Brett

  • It was Chris Turner's complete knowledge that we WOULD find it.
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    The most amazing thing about my wedding ring recovery was not the find itself--it was Chris Turner's complete knowledge that we WOULD find it. Within three minutes of meeting him, I knew everything was going to turn out fine.

    Thanks again for getting my ring back to me, Chris!

  • The Ring Finders gave me back a priceless possession that I thought I'd never see again
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    After searching through the sand for hours on end, I had pretty much resigned to the thought that I'd never see my wedding ring again. I was trying to tell myself, "It's only a ring, no big deal." Yet deep down, I was wrecked over the thought that I wouldn't be able to look down at my hand years from now and know that this same symbol of love and commitment had been there since day one. I called The Ring Finders, and right after hanging up the phone I started to feel a bit of optimism creep its way back into my thinking. Chris showed up, and not only did he find my ring in no time, but I could tell he was genuinely happy to help. The Ring Finders gave me back a priceless possession that I thought I'd never see again - it's impossible to thank them enough! Thanks!!!

    ---Mike

  • Nothing but praise for Ring Finder Leighton Harrington, Buzzards Bay, MA.
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    Nothing but praise for Ring Finder Leighton Harrington, Buzzards Bay, MA.

    I just want to share my side of this experience with everyone.

    The story began on Sunday, June 24th. We were enjoying a nice day on the beach and my wife had taken her rings off and put them in a side pocket on her beach bag. When we decided to pack up and leave, in a moment of forgetfulness, she turned the bag upside down to shake the sand out of it, and out fell both rings onto the beach. Unfortunately we didn’t realize what had happened until a good 4-5 hours later. Shock and disbelief set in back at home, and we searched every crevice of the beach bag just hoping against hope that they were still in there, somehow.

    Too embarrassed and hurt to share what had just happened with our family, or to ask them for advice, we turned to the electronic oracle that is Google. I started searching for similar experiences and stories of recovery. I learned of people recovering lost items using metal detectors. I searched for metal detector enthusiasts’ clubs on Nantucket island hoping to find some help. I searched for possible places to rent a unit myself. It was around then that I discovered this site. I wrote to Leighton and one other gentleman, hoping to keep as many lines of communication open as possible.

    On Monday morning I must have called every tackle and equipment rental shop on the island, only to be told they didn’t rent metal detectors, or to refer me to one particular gift/surf/skate shop and novelty store downtown by the ferry wharf. We filled out a lost property report at the police station and then rented a very simple metal detector from the only available source we knew of. Eager and full of hope, we took it to the beach immediately, and attempted to revisit and mark off the area we thought we were sitting on. We had no luck. We tried it again the next morning, still no luck.

    In the meantime, Leighton got in touch via email and said that he and his wife might be coming to the island in a couple of weeks, and to describe what had happened. We began communicating. My wife and I returned the metal detector to the shop, disappointed, but now hoping this new correspondence might lead to something.

    We got a second wind and rented the metal detector once again, thinking we should adjust our technique and give it another shot. We met some locals on the beach, giving our names and numbers just in case of any leads or luck. Leighton then wrote back and said they might actually be coming on the next weekend, and to provide a description of the rings and the location where they were lost. On our next outing to the beach, I grabbed a GPS tag from my phone and emailed it to him, hoping it was accurate. Still having no luck with the metal detector on the second try, I began to hope more and more that Leighton might be able to help us.

    A couple of more days passed and Saturday the 30th rolled around. It was tough to think about leaving the island without the rings, wondering if we did all we could do, but now mentally shifting our hope to Leighton, leaving the matter in his hands, or to chance. We returned the metal detector once again, on our way to the wharf to catch the ferry to leave, and then my wife got a call… I didn’t remember giving our telephone numbers to Leighton, but amazingly he had not only found her engagement ring but made contact with one of the kind folks with whom we’d spoken two days prior and to whom we’d given our number. The rest is described above in Leighton’s post.

    I just want to state that I am overjoyed things turned out the way they did, and that we are beyond thankful for Leighton’s help. The correspondence and communication were perfect, and not only did he make the trip to the island but he had almost immediate success finding her engagement ring, which is definitely the more valuable of the two we lost. From my point of view this went as beautifully as it possibly could have, with more success than I could have imagined if there were a formal, commercial business that offered this kind of service. He didn’t HAVE to do anything; he didn’t even have to email me back, but he went above and beyond, made a trip to Nantucket island and then found my wife’s ring. He genuinely seems like he loves this kind of work – that’s the only reason I can think of that he might do such a great job. If the whole world worked like this we’d all be a lot better off! I wholeheartedly recommend getting in touch with Leighton if circumstances find you needing his help.

    Sincerely,

    D. Jesrani

    Brooklyn, NY

  • A big thank you to Justin once again I would recommend him for anybody that lost any valuables.
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    Thank you Justin !!!!!!!! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think obout our success in finding my ring. If I didn’t take a chance and find you through your web site I would be thinking about how I gave up to easy . The monetary value was erelivant but the sentimental value is Eriplaceable . I thought that finding my ring was worse than finding a needle in a hay stack . There was approxamently 15,000 people there over the weekend. The fact that nobody found the ring astonishes me. another thing that really impressed me was how fast Justin responded to my email. it was a matter of minutes. Justin literally dropped everything that he was doing and came out to Whistler from Squamish . even after being turned away by security that night Justin was willing to come back the next day. The trip from Squamish to Whistler takes over an hour . the crazy thing was after we got back up to the spot where I lost my ring it only took a few minutes for him to find it. I’ve worked with metal detectors before and seeing Justin’s success in such a short time is remarkable. A big thank you to Justin once again I would recommend him for anybody that lost any valuables.

    Manfred.

  • I would recommend your service to anyone.
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    Good Afternoon Don,

    Thank you so much. I was really amazed that you were able to, and so determined to, find my engagement ring. My husband and I had spent many hours searching on our own, even renting a metal detector. But we found nothing on our own. I would recommend your service to anyone. I was very pleased with your professionalism and demeanor. Thank you again and best wishes to a true Ringfinder.

    Sincerely, Nancy

  • “Well, I have good news for you, Liz….I found your ring!
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    The Trinity

    When I was in college, I went to school in Europe for one summer. My grandmother loved Paris very much. Before I left, she gave me a generous check and told me to buy a wonderful souvenir in Paris, so that I could always remember my time there. I bought a gold trinity ring at Cartier. It rolled on to my finger, and I loved it. During those few days in Paris, I actually was introduced to my future husband, Lane. I have always treasured that ring…a gift from my grandmother, and a ring that has been on my hand since I met my husband almost 22 years ago.

    A couple of weeks ago, our family…which now includes 3 children, headed to the beach in California for our summer vacation. We had a wonderful time playing in the ocean, sea kayaking, and really just spending time together without all the distractions of home. My youngest, Cole, just threw an amazing pass. As I reached up to make the catch, I heard the clinking of my ring as is rolled off of my finger and flew in air. I told him to hang-on, I had to get my ring. As our family stared into the sand, expecting to see the sun’s reflection off of my ring, we only saw a sea of sand. Everywhere we looked, looked the same. And my ring was nowhere. We sifted through the sand for over an hour and then the tide began to rise, and the waves washed away my hopes of finding my ring. As we walked out on the beach for the days to come, I would pray that the Lord would somehow let my ring appear. It never did. We left California almost 5 days later.

    After we got home, I missed the familiar ring on my finger even more. Lane could sense my disappointment. It is funny how even simple things can be so meaning-filled. When I walked downstairs to tell Lane goodnight, he had a website pulled up on the screen of the computer. “TheRingFinders.com”, it said. He told me to call that number. It was 10:30pm, and I was clicking on “The United States,” “California,” “Ventura County,” and there it was, a name and phone number of a “ring-finder expert.” He answered right away and was simply distraught that he couldn’t help me. He was on a 3 week vacation, and he said that would be too long to wait. He told me to call someone from another county. “They’ll drive up,” he said. And so I clicked on “Los Angeles,” over an hour’s drive from our beach house in Oxnard. Jim answered the phone. In my own disbelief that I was making this call, I explained to this man the story of my lost ring. Jim said, “Oh, I’ll go look for your ring.” “You will?” “Oh yes, I’ll go look.” “Well, how much do you charge to look,” I said. “Well, it’s going to be a bit of a drive, so I would ask that you pay for my gas.” “That’s fine,” I said. “If I don’t find your ring, than that is the only charge.” “Really?” “Yes, but if I do find your ring, you don’t have to pay for gas, and you can just pay me whatever you think is fair.” “Really?!” I couldn’t believe what he was saying. “When do you think you could go look?” “Well, I’ll go tomorrow,” he said. “You can go tomorrow?” “Yes, I will go look for your ring tomorrow,” he promised.

    Lane is very detailed and thorough. He sent Jim a Google Earth beach-side image of our house told him that he had paced off 63 steps from the back deck to where we thought the ring was lost. I sent him a picture of the ring. At 11:00pm Jim emailed to find out the time of day that I lost the ring. He had already checked the tidal pattern and wasn’t sure if he could make the 4:00am low tide. I told him that was okay. I did tell him that he should wear a cape---since he was off to save the day---and that I would be praying for him.

    I thought about Jim the next day. “Did he even go?” I prayed that he did. The hours and carpools passed and no phone call. I was pretty sure that no news was not good news. As I was walking in to the bank, my phone rang. It was just after 4:00pm and it was a call from California. “Hello?” I said. “Liz, this is Jim from California.” “Oh, hi Jim” I was waiting for the “oh I am so sorry…” “Well, I have good news for you, Liz….I found your ring!” “You found my ring?!” How could he have found my ring? How after all of the days, in all of that sand, how with the high tides, how with the large beach, how could he have found my ring? “It took me about 3 hours,” he said. “After 2 hours, I was getting discouraged, so I decided to take a little lunch break,” he said. “I kept looking, and about an hour later, I found your ring. It was farther north than you thought. It was almost even with the next house up.” “How deep in the sand was it?” I asked. “About 4 inches deep.” “Jim, I just can’t believe you found it! Thank you so, so much.”

    Tonight, as I write this, my ring is in a Fed Ex package coming to my house and Jim’s check is in the mail going to his house. How refreshing that there are people in the world that really are doing things to help other people mostly because they enjoy helping; they enjoy searching; they enjoy finding. How unique is it to find a complete stranger who has time to go help you look for something lost, tomorrow? Who says, “I’ll go tomorrow?”

  • I will be forever grateful for Stéphane and Aymeric’s perseverance, generosity
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    Le 3 janvier 2012, notre maison a été complètement détruite dans un incendie. C'est un sentiment inimaginable de tout perdre... Puisque le feu est arrivé en plein hiver, on avait dû attendre que la neige fonde pour pouvoir faire des recherches surtout que les pompiers avaient arrosés avec beaucoup d’eau pour combattre les flammes. J'avais l'espoir naïf de pouvoir trouver des choses dans les cendres et au moins de pouvoir dire qu'on avait fait notre possible. J’ai trouvé le site de Stéphane Philippe et les Ring Finders sur internet et j’ai décidé de tenter ma chance. J’ai contacté Stéphane et je lui ai expliqué la situation… C’était certainement tout un défi! Stéphane et Aymeric se sont donc présentés sur le site de l’incendie pour nous guider dans nos recherches. Les gars ont travaillés avec cœur à pelleter, tamiser et fouiller dans les cendres. C’était pire que d’essayer de trouver une aiguille dans une botte de foin. Il y avait tellement de divers métaux,… En plus il s’est mis à neiger, donc tout était couvert par une fine couche blanche. J’étais prête à abandonner au bout de la première journée, mais Stéphane voulait vraiment qu’on essaie encore. J’ai été tellement touchée par le fait qu’un inconnu se donne autant de misère pour nous aider et qui était même plus déterminé que nous. On a donc repris les recherches le lendemain. Cependant, plus ça allait, plus je me décourageais. On trouvait des objets à peine identifiable, ce qui avait comme effet de me faire prendre conscience de tout ce qu’on avait perdu. Mais les choses se sont vite améliorées, et on a réussi à trouver des objets qui me tiennent vraiment à cœur. On a trouvé des bijoux qui appartiennent à notre petite fille, sa tirelire, son anneau de dentition en métal, des clés,… Je suis éternellement reconnaissante à Stéphane et Aymeric pour leur persévérance, leur générosité et leur bonne humeur! Merci 

    On January 3rd, our home was completely destroyed in a fire. The feeling of losing everything is indescribable... Since the fire happened in the winter time, we had to wait until the snow melted to attempt a search, especially since the firefighters had used a lot of water to try to stop the flames. I had the naïve hope that we would be able to find something in the ashes and at the very least be able to say we tried our best. I found Stéphane Philippe and the Ring Finders on the internet and decided to give it a try. I contacted Stéphane and explained the situation... It was certainly quite a challenge! Stéphane and Aymeric met us at the site to guide us through the search. They worked avidly shoveling, sifting and digging in the ashes. It was worst than trying to find a needle in a haystack. There was so much metal... On top of that, it started to snow and soon everything was covered. I was ready to give up at the end of the first day, but Stéphane really wanted to try again. I was deeply touched by the fact that a stranger was going through all this to help us out, and that he was actually even more determined than we were. We searched again all day the next day, but as time went on, I was getting more and more discouraged. We were finding barely identifiable objects, which only made us realize how much we had lost. But eventually things turned around and we started finding things that really mean a lot to us. We found our daughter’s jewellery, her piggy bank, her metal teething ring, keys,... I will be forever grateful for Stéphane and Aymeric’s perseverance, generosity and good humor! Thank you 

  • We are truly thankful from the bottom of our hearts.
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    Mark, Thank you so very much.!

    My husband and I had nearly given up hope in finding his wedding band (lost at a local soccer field) after hours of searching and two failed attempts at finding a suitable metal detector. After getting off the phone with our jeweller to arrange to have his custom ring re-made, I decided to take one last look online for information on metal detectors and stumbled by chance on Mark's website. Within 5 minutes of emailing him, I had a response and my husband, Alan, called him to make arrangements to meet the following day. When Alan met Mark, the first thing he said was: "I have a good feeling about this." That little bit of hope was greatly appreciated at a time when we were ready to give up. Mark spent time asking Alan a variety of questions about the events that occurred the day the ring was lost, reminding him of how important even an inch can make. Within 5 minutes, the ring was found!

    Mark, we cannot thank you enough for your help. As you can appreciate, the cost of losing a piece of jewellery is only part of the equation - it's the sentimental value that is so upsetting when a piece of jewellery is lost. We truly appreciate your speedy response, your enthusiam, and for reuniting us with something so special.

    We are truly thankful from the bottom of our hearts.

    Kim & Alan H.

  • Eryn was a miracle worker.... They are lovely people who really came to my rescue.
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    I was afraid I would never see my rings again so, of course, we were ecstatic when Eryn located them within10 minutes of beginning the search. Almost as nice, however, was meeting Dave and his charming daughter, Eryn. They could not have been more pleasant or helpful. From our first conversation, Dave gave me hope that if I could identify the area where I lost my rings, there was a good chance they could find them. Fortunately, I was able to do that and Eryn was a miracle worker. They are lovely people who really came to my rescue.

  • I am glad that I contacted The Ring Finders
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    I was so sad when I cam back from San Francisco on Monday. It felt like a part of me had gone missing. All I could think about was the ring and how desperately I was trying to search for it. After three days of mourning, I was trying to look up some tips regarding how to search sand (for future accidents) and i came across this website -TheRingFinders.com. I read the blogs/stories on how they had helped with a number of searches and decided to contact them. I was not too hopeful because three days had passed but I still wanted to give it a last try. So on Thursday midnight I mailed them the details. Chris contacted me the next day and helped me get in touch with Dave. It is only because of Dave’s experience and my friend Navdeep’s precise directions that I have my ring back. I can’t explain how happy and excited I am.

    I am glad that I contacted The Ring Finders. I am so grateful to Chris and Dave for the service and for making this possible; and a very special thanks to Navdeep for being there.

  • I know it’s an experience that I will always remember.
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    Dave! I am just so incredibly excited that I woke up that morning back in Austin and knew that THERE HAD TO BE SOMEONE who would be able to find my Grandmama’s ring. I could not be more ecstatic and as soon as fedex delivers the ring to my hot little hands, I will take a picture of it back where it is going to stay – on my hand!

    Sarah and Liam had such a great time with you and your daughter and I know it’s an experience that I will always remember. So many friends here have already heard the story and I cannot thank you enough.

  • Thank you so much, Shawn, for bringing us joy...
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    Shawn,

    I scoured the site and couldn't find a way for me to enter a testimonial, so maybe you need to post it, or let me know if I missed the link. Anyway, here is my testimonial.

    My wife and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year, so I dreaded having to tell her that I had lost my wedding ring. She took the news much better than I thought she would, which made me even more determined to find it.

    I had spent the whole day doing yard work, so the most likely scenario was it fell off while cleaning leaves and branches out of my garden beds. So I retraced every step, dug through the mulch pile, and didn't find it. Next thing I thought of was to rent a metal detector, but I didn't even know if a gold wedding band would be detected by a metal detector, so I used Google to ask that question. That's when I found The Ring Finders site, and saw the listing for Shawn Maillet. Why rent a metal detector, when I could have an expert come out and help me search for it?

    I called Shawn, and could tell immediately how passionate he is about his hobby. He told me how he loves detecting as much as some people love playing golf. And in ten minutes on the phone, he educated me on the process, even letting me know that many lost rings are found inside the house in unexpected places. I still had a hunch it was outside, so I made an appointment with Shawn, and in the meantime dug through my couches and other likely places but still didn't find it.

    When Shawn arrived, we talked about what I had done the day I lost the ring, and came up with the most likely places, so we started the search in the area where I had dumped all the leaves and branches. After two minutes he starts digging, my heart starts racing, but it's an old razor blade. A few minutes after that, another hit, but its a rusty nail. Thinking that this might be a long day, I walk back onto the grass to do some looking on my own, when I hear Shawn say, "Jeff, this is going to be a happy day" as he walks out holding my ring.

    My wife had been watching from the slider, and before it even sunk in that Shawn was holding my ring, she came out the door asking if we found it. What a great feeling. As much as Shawn enjoys the thrill of the hunt, the greatest satisfaction he gets is the joy he brings to the people he helps. Thank you so much, Shawn, for bringing us joy, and hope that you can do the same for many more people in the years ahead.

    Jeff and Susan Ernst

    Westford, MA

    April 22, 2012

  • I was certainly overwelmed with joy when I heard you say you found it.
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    Hi Brett,

    Just wanted to show my appreciation once again for your blessed help this morning in aiding me to find my lost engagement ring. After speaking with you last night and arranging a “next day” prompt appointment for you to come out, I was very relieved. Thank you for your friendly and calming approach, it definately made me feel at ease. I was so amazed at how quick you were able to find it, using your equipment, such an amazing tool! and I was certainly overwelmed with joy when I heard you say you found it. Thank you so much and many blessings to you and Monique.

    I would highly recommend your services, a true blessing to have met you.

    Warmest Regards

    Valerie

  • You saved the day;
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    Hi Mark,

    We just wanted to Thank you again for finding Mark’s ring. We are so greatful to you! You arrived here soon after we called and quickly recovered the ring, we thought it was a hopeless situation. You saved the day; our Anniversary dinner wouldn’t have been the same with that ring missing. Thank you

    Sincerely,

    Jen and Mark

  • Thanks again Jim and Lance!
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    We were outside most of the day Saturday. My husband was working in the yard all day. I was outside most of the day as well , simultaneously cleaning up the flowerbeds and the kids’ play area and playing with the kids. After coming in for the day, we had a quick dinner, gave the kids a bath and put them to bed. Once the kids were in bed and we had a chance to relax we realized my engagement ring was missing. We panicked and tried to look for it in the house and outside, even though it was dark. We barely slept and continued the search on Sunday and for the next couple days. We sifted through the bags of yard waste, checked drains in the house, took apart our washing machine and used a cheap metal detector that we had in our garage. We had no luck finding the ring but kept googling for ideas. We came across Jim’s web page and figured we had nothing to lose. We e-mailed Jim and he responded right away. He told us not to throw out our yard waste so that they could check it with their detectors. We arranged for Jim and his buddy Lance to come out in a few days. They arrived as scheduled and were very friendly and eager to help find the ring. They asked some questions about what we were doing and where and then they got to work. They were very methodical in their search and their equipment was top-notch. Within and hour of searching, Lance found the ring in a bag of yard waste. As our daughter said, “Yay, nice men!” Thanks again Jim and Lance! ~ Laurie & Jason

  • Mark, can’t thank you enough for finding my ring!
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    Mark, can’t thank you enough for finding my ring! This was passed down to me just recently by my late aunt in England. My family went from being very sad to extremely glad! We can sleep again!! Your skills and experience are unbelievable. I will be honest and say that I was reluctant however, you proved me wrong and words can’t say how grateful we are, thank you Mark you are a godsend!!

  • I think it took longer to write this letter than it took for them to find the ring.
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    My husband was out in our yard doing some gardening including spreading grass seed and pulling up weeds and throwing them over an embankment in a wooded area behind our house.

    A few hours after finishing the yard work, he noticed that his ring was missing. Even though he wasn’t sure he had lost it in the yard, he immediately went out there searching for hours with no luck. He was even able to rent a metal detector and searched the area and still had no success.

    He finally gave up and decided that the ring was lost for good. When he told me, I wasn’t sure that a metal detector would pick up platinum so I did a search online for lost platinum ring and I stumbled upon Jim’s blog. I sent him a quick e-mail asking if it would be worth it for him to come out if my husband had already searched with a metal detector.

    Jim wrote back right away saying that the skill of the detector had a lot to do with the ability to find things, so I figured we’d give him a try. Jim came out about a week later on St. Patrick’s day with his friend Lance. They both brought their metal detectors and after my husband gave them a description of his yard work activities they began searching in what they thought were the most likely areas to find the ring: over in the area where he was throwing weeds and in the area he had been planting the grass.

    Maybe 15 minutes after they arrived, I started to head out to meet them and my husband said to me “I hope you don’t get your hopes up.” I said I hadn’t, but I really had! I stepped outside and asked if they had any luck yet and they said they had found it already!!

    It was located in the area where my husband had been planting grass and was under about an inch of dirt. My husband and I couldn’t believe that they had found it so quickly! I think it took longer to write this letter than it took for them to find the ring. I later realized that it was the 5th anniversary of us getting engaged. So five St. Patrick’s days ago he had given me an engagement ring and on this one, he had gotten his wedding ring back! Now St. Patrick’s day is twice as lucky for us.

    Thanks again Jim and Lance!

  • Thanks to Stephane with all my heart!
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    Thanks to Stephane with all my heart!

    Less than 2 years ago my husband bought me a beautiful gift – a diamond tennis bracelet. It is one of my most treasured possessions. It makes me smile every day when I wear it. I walk in the woods every morning with a friend – a half hour brisk walk around a trail. I wear my bracelet all the time, because I love it. Wednesday morning I realized, an hour after I got home, that I did not have it. I remembered taking my mitten off a few times to fix my hat – and my heart sank as I realized it probably fell off on the trail. I immediately went back out – walked the trail at a snail’s pace with my eyes down, to no avail. I had to do some work but went out later that day and spent three hours – taking one step – looking from left to right – to no avail. I felt so down. It is a long trail, in the woods, lots of animals, people and birds.

    A google search unveiled Stephane Phillipe, with Ring Finders. I called him the next morning – he agreed to come the next morning. As we headed out on the trail my hopes were up. After three hours – and ¾ of the way around – I was starting to tell myself to prepare for the worst. It was then that Stephane announced “I have it!” and sure enough – he found it with his metal detector and his eagle eye saw the glistening – it was on the trail, stepped down into the snow – probably by the many dogs and people who passed by. Stephane is a delightful man. Very professional, very knowledgeable, kept asking me questions to try and help the search. He was very careful, and took his time, was clearly on a mission. And, because we were walking slowly, around a long trail, we had lots of time for delightful conversation. He is a genuinely caring person, very honest, has the kinds of values that are so important in our world today. And he sounds like a delightful Dad.

    Needless to say I am over the moon with happiness. Thanks Stephane! You are a special man!

  • Nothing short of a miracle as far as we are concerned.
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    Dear Tony

    On behalf of my wife and I may I say thanks once again for what you did which was nothing short of a miracle as far as we are concerned. Its more than the hi-tec electronic gear you have, you are actually a ‘ring-finder’ not just a guy with a metal detector. The way you methodically searched and found the ring using a process of elimination was astounding. Your manor and professionalism were also much appreciated, we only wish you could have stayed for lunch! But considering you drove 2 hours each way on your day off to help us because we were on holiday,… we are deeply thankful you responded to our call.

    Cheers Tony I we are delighted to recommend your services to anybody who needs anything found!

    Cheers and best of luck in the future (you have already had more success I have heard.. great work!)

    Wil

  • Your service made an unbelievable amount of stress go away almost instantly.
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    Stephane,

    I just wanted to write to you to say thanks for finding my lost wedding band. After melting 8 garbage cans full of snow trying to find my buried ring, I did not know what else to do. Calling the Ring Finder at 10pm on a friday night seemed to be a crazy idea. But to my surprise, you answered and not only came out to my place the next morning with your hi tech equipment, you managed to find my ring buried in a snowbank in about 45 seconds!!!!

    Your service made an unbelievable amount of stress go away almost instantly. Professional, quick, and courteous you were. I would not hesitate to recommend your service to anyone who has had the misfortune of loosing a valuable item.

    Thanks again!!

    Cheers

    Patrick Evans

  • Thank you, Kent and Ring Finders!
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    Hi, Kent! Hope you’re doing well. I’m sorry I haven’t sent the story yet. I tried to post it on the website, but couldn’t figure out how to do so.

    Thanks again for everything!!! Here’s my story:

    I lost my engagement ring while raking at my mother’s house. I felt it come off into the bag of leaves I was using, but then couldn’t find it after multiple rounds of sifting through the leaves despite knowing where it had fallen.

    My husband found Ring Finders – and Kent – through a quick google search. When Kent came to my mother’s house to retrieve the ring, one of the first things he said was: “It’s almost never where people think it is.” Indeed.

    Kent was super friendly, efficient, and competent. He did a thorough search of where I thought the ring would have been, in the pile of leaves I’d emptied from the bag. After 10 minutes of concentrated searching, he said, “I’m confident the ring’s not in this area.”

    He began searching another area close by. I was looking in a third area, and mentally beginning to freak out, when I Kent said, “I hope you have a happy new year,” and dropped the ring into the palm of my hand.”

    Delight! Relief! Joy! I hugged Kent. And then my mother. And then my husband when I got home.

    Thank you, Kent and Ring Finders!

  • No words can express our appreciation for all your efforts
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    Hello Stephane,

    We want to take this opportunity to thank you for finding Darryl's wedding ring. No words can express our appreciation for all your efforts. You were right that we were in good hands when we called for your help. We never thought that the ring would found when lost on a hunting trip in the bush. It means so much to us both as it has sentimental value as we had just recently got married three months ago. Darryl is now out of the dog house. :) We will recommend you to anyone that has lost jewelry.

    Thanks again

    Darryl and Patricia

  • I’m so glad my husband contacted The Ring Finders!
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    I’m so glad my husband contacted The Ring Finders! I must admit, I was dubious at first. I had an idea where the ring might have slipped off, and had dug up all the plants I had just put in–several times! We even rented a metal detector ourselves, and Wayne, myself and a friend of ours had all taken turns at running the detector along the street side planting bed–the very place that Dave and his daughter found my ring!

    How did they find it when we didn’t? Dave explained how it isn’t just having the equipment, but the experience that counts.

    Dave’s daughter is so adorable! You can tell how much she loves helping her Dad out–or is it the other way around? She got right in there! Of course, it started to rain–and she was getting soaked. But when she found the ring–her eyes were shining–she was as excited and overjoyed as I was, if that’s possible.

    What a lovely father and daughter team! And they say, it’s a hobby rather than a job. Good humoured, patient, if they can’t find it–it’s not there!

    And you pay what you can afford–in turn, Dave donates 20% to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Thank you so much! Go Ring Finders!!!!

  • A great service for those who need it!
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    Thanks to Chris for the great effort!

    I lost my wedding ring while walking just below the high tide mark at Locarno Beach on Monday night. The wife and I went back on Tues morning but had no luck finding it.

    I went back Wed afternoon and again had no luck.

    When I got home I decided to check Craigslist, just in case.

    I saw an ad for theringfinders and decided to give them a call.

    Chris answered the call but was in Tsawwassen. He had a look on his cell phone and saw that the tide would be low again at 3am Thurs morning.

    I drew up a small map of where I thought it would be and sent it to Chris.

    He answered that he would be out looking at 3am and hopefully he would have good news for me when I woke up.

    When I got up this morning there it was ... an email from Chris saying that he had found it, with an accompanying photo!

    Great work Chris.

    A great service for those who need it!

  • Thank you again Jeff for finding the one and only, most important ring I’ll ever wear!
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    Thank you Jeff Lubbert for finding my ring! I lost my ring and was pretty sure it happened at a baseball diamond while playing kickball. It was cold out, I was wearing gloves, and had been taking the gloves on and off throughout my game to get a better grip on the ball. I did not realize until towards the end of the second game of a double header that I was missing it. My wife was there with me, and so I broke the news to her right away that I did not know where it was. We were both devastated. After the game, 4 teams of kickball players and I searched the two fields we played on for about 20 minutes. No luck. The next day I posted a lost and found ad on Craigslist and Jeff gave me a call. He told me he was there at the park, looking for my ring! I realized I gave him the wrong information about the area I was in when I went there that evening to look myself that evening. So he returned the next day, and after giving him some more accurate information, HE FOUND IT! Granted, it was right where I thought I lost it, I probably never would have found it buried deep in the grass and mud, I’m sure I would have called it a lost cause if I did not find it myself after a couple of more searches. I definitely learned some lessons and will be much more careful in the future with cold weather, physical activity, and wearing of gloves. Thank you again Jeff for finding the one and only, most important ring I’ll ever wear! (I hope – If I ever loseit again, I know who to call!)

    Andy Kobusch

    Denver, Colorado

  • The ring has sentimental value to my wife since it was the first ring I gave her
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    I received a call from wife in Coquitlam while I was on a project in Phoenix that she had lost her ring while throwing a ball with our dog on a field near a school. The ring has sentimental value to my wife since it was the first ring I gave her. I was in a panic to figure out how to find the ring, knowing that I can’t rush home to help find it. And – the ring needed to be found that night since the kids would be back the next morning for school.

    I started a google search for “metal detectors in Coquitlam” and saw in the first couple of hits the link to “TheRingFinders.” I called Chris and to my pleasant surprise someone answered the phone – it was Chris. I spoke with him for short while but gained an immediate sense of commitment, trust, and help from Chris. I somehow knew after the first couple calls that my wife’s ring was going to be found – I just knew it and could feel it from Chris. I had made the right call and had spoken with the right guy.

    As the night progressed Chris kept me and my wife updated with period emails and texts on his progress. The most satisfying moment was the picture of the ring Chris sent at @ 1:40 AM when he found the ring.

    Great joy having Chris’ help!!! I can’t tell you how happy we both were at getting the ring back from Chris. An amazing guy who loves his job.

    Patrick Simpers

  • lo and behold he found it! We were elated.
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    My husband was cleaning our driveway when he threw some leaves down a gulley on the side of the house. Not only did the leaves get hurled, but also his wedding band. He's lost 30 lbs in the last few years. All summer, we talked about how loose the ring was on his finger and his potential to lose it. We felt like fortune tellers when it happened and then panicked. I remembered reading an article about a gentleman on the Cape who used metal detection equipment to help you find a lost treasure. Did a quick Google and found Richard. He came over a number of hours later, had my husband recreate his steps and then down the gulley they went. And, lo and behold he found it! We were elated.

    Thank you, thank you, Richard.

    Don & Jan

    PS: Thanks to your family who patiently waited in your vehicle.

  • I cannot find enough words to tell him how much I appreciated his hard work and most of all, his honesty...
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    Hi Chris,

    I was hoping that you could somehow post my message to the website about my recent experience with a ring finder named Tony Reese of Council Bluffs, IA. I lost my wedding ring while playing ball in a city park and upon discovering it, I got frantic. I posted a message in the lost & found section of Craigslist thinking that I would never ever see it again. Tony contacted me and told me about his services and although I informed him about the details of my location, I have to admit that I was still skeptical about ever seeing the ring again. Low and behold, he called to tell me that he found it! I cannot find enough words to tell him how much I appreciated his hard work and most of all, his honesty with returning the ring to me. Thank you so much Tony!

    Paula

  • An amazing group of people on this site.
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    An amazing group of people on this site.

    I can only speak for my experience with James Murphy, but if the others are anything like him, this is one awesome group of people. I found this site by accident while checking a lost and found website, about a week after I lost my ring. I called up James and he was eager to get it found. I'm sure my situation was much less than ideal for him, a week later, me in another province, and google satellite images drawn on saying 'I think it was around here'. Even though it was all done through emailing pictures back and forth, and me trying my best to recall just where I had been on that beach, James found that very special ring, not giving up after his first search ended unsuccessfully. The day I left that beach, in the middle of my summer holidays, I truly never thought I would see my ring ever again. Then I found this site and spoke with James, he was confident, and that gave me a some hope. We got it all lined up and he went for his search. Then I received an email from him, with a picture and drawn out area of where he had searched, coming back empty handed (well, I think he found a few bucks in change). In that email he asked if I could send another picture and try to give a more specific area of where I thought I had been, as he would use that to go on for a second search. I tried my best, sent the picture to some friends who had been with me, getting their opinions on where we had been, and sent it off to James. When I next heard from him, I was nervous to find out what he had to say, and then he gave me the news that I was so happy to hear, he found it!! I could hardly believe it!! The only thing better than that phone call was a few days later when I got the ring back in my hands. I appreciate everything James did, and the effort he put into his searches. Having this ring means an incredible amount to me and I have to thank James for getting it back to me.

  • There are no words to express how excited I am to have these two rings back on my finger!
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    Chris,

    There are no words to express how excited I am to have these two rings back on my finger! I really thought they would be gone for good! Justin and I went back to the beach on our own to searched around (finding nothing but sand!) and on the way home the song that we danced our first dance at our wedding came on the radio, I'm sure it was some kind of sign! Right after that we stumbled upon your website, thank you thank you thank you for dropping everything and driving out to Kits at midnight to find my rings!

    Jenn Beagan

  • I got the most amazing call: "Cail, we found it. We actually found your ring!" I got teary eyed...
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    I wanted to thank Chris again for all his help finding my gold and sapphire ring. I know my boyfriend had told him that the ring was from my mother, but the story is much more than just that. In the mid 90s, my mom's father, my Grampy, had passed away suddenly. A short time later, she went down the Bermuda and bought this ring to remind her that her father was always nearby. I was only 8 or 9 at the time, and for years I voiced how much I loved the ring and couldn't wait until I got it. Of course I was just a kid at the time with a reputation of losing things quite frequently. My mom had promised that when she passed away, I would inherit the ring. But I never stopped bugging her for it. Just over a year ago, she surprised me by saying that I could have it. She believed that I was grown up enough to take care of it.

    Of course when I lost it somewhere between the driving range and our home on Saturday night, I was completely devastated. Not only because I had lost this gorgeous ring, but because I felt that I had let her and Grampy down. We searched for over an hour scouring bushes and grass, but it was getting late and without a flashlight, we were out of luck. I kept saying to myself "If I don't find it now, I'm never going to find it".

    I decided to try my luck and see if someone on Craigslist would lend me a metal detector for the day. When I came across the Ring Finders ad, I fired off an email describing my problem. I didn't expect to hear anything until the next morning, and I had a feeling that at that time it really was too late and the ring was going to be lost forever. Within minutes, I had a reply from Chris. We spoke for about 5 minutes about where it may be and where it may have fallen out. Even just speaking to Chris put my mind at ease- I could tell right away that even though he didn't know me, he understood how important this was to me and I knew he would try his hardest to help me out, even though we both felt it would just be a "closure search".

    With me off at work in the morning, Chris and my boyfriend, Brady, retraced our steps from the night before. I anxiously awaited the "We didn't find it" at work from Brady. Within about half an hour of going out searching, I got the most amazing call: "Cail, we found it. We actually found your ring!" I got teary eyed, it was such a relief.

    So again, thank you Chris for working so hard, on a Sunday, in the muggy heat, and for dealing with those noisy power lines that wreaked havoc on your detectors. I know that if I ever have a problem again, you are the first person I will call. I also promise to never wear jewellery to the driving range again.

    Cheers,

    Caileigh

  • I would like to truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your perseverance and dedication
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    Gregg Larabel,

    My name is Jill, I'm Russ' girlfriend who you met out in East Lansing yesterday. I just really felt the strong need to thank you myself for the amazing work you did. The ring you located has invaluable sentiment to me. It belonged to my grandmother, who passed away last September 1st, 2011. Her and her best friend, Ann, got these matching rings in high school. And although it may not be worth more than a few dollars, it means the world to me. Losing it was devastating, and every time it has crossed my mind in the past three months since it was lost, I have gotten seriously upset. Seeing that ring yesterday gave me a different reason to cry, I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I still can't believe it! I would like to truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your perseverance and dedication to your trade. I'm amazed, I can't thank you and Russ enough for the greatest surprise EVER.

    We'll be sure to keep your information, and share it with high recommendations.

    Best of luck in all of your adventures,

    Jill

  • It was a miracle! It was two days after I had lost my rings...
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    I lost my engagement ring and wedding band on the beach in Dana Point two days ago, Thursday June 30th. I did not realize I had lost my rings until the next morning when I went to put them on. I take them off every night. I immediately realized how and when I lost them. When I was putting sunscreen on my 4 month old I took my rings off and put them in the cup holder of my chair. I completely forgot about them. I went back the next day Friday July 1st and spoke to the lifeguards to see if anything had been turned in. Of course no rings, just a cell phone and watch. I desperately tried to locate a metal detector to go back in the evening to try and look again. The metal detector I had borrowed from a friend was a joke. It looked like a toy and sure enough no luck! That is when I turned to Doug Carney. He said he could come out right away. He showed such amazing enthusiasm and assured me he could find them. We made arrangements to meet the next morning bright and early to beat the crowd. I didn't really know what to expect and when I saw the kind of equipment he had and his friend he brought I felt at ease. I had a great feeling we were going to find the rings. I took him to the location on the beach where I thought I had lost them and he first prayed then right to work. About 15 minutes went by before he found the first ring. I was overjoyed!!! I would have left a happy girl with just that ring. Then his friend took a turn looking through the sand with his metal detector and within 5 minutes my engagement ring was found! It was a miracle! It was two days after I had lost my rings and it was apparent the tide had come up the night before and they still found my rings with no problem at all. I am forever grateful the Doug and would recommend him to anyone in need!

    Thank you for your time!

    God Bless,

    Bethany Short

  • I was rather dumbfounded and ecstatic when you managed to locate it
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    Hi Chris,

    Thanks again for locating my earring. I know it might seem strange that something so inexpensive and small as an earring can hold such significance for someone. But I am grateful to you for having located my earring for me and would certainly call on you should such a misfortune befall me again. I had spent hours looking out in the garden and through the refuse I later bagged and sent for waste disposal. I had gone out in the dark with a flashlight hoping to catch a glint that would expose its whereabouts. No luck. I doubted I would see the two earrings together again. So I was rather dumbfounded and ecstatic when you managed to locate it and within such a short period of time. Thank you so much.

    Happy hunting!

    Cheers,

    Trudy

  • I'm still amazed that you found it!
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    Hi Mark,

    I just wanted to thank you again for finding my ring. I have to say that I was skeptical that it would be found on such a large baseball field, the saying "like trying to find a needle in a haystack" seemed to apply to me. I'm still amazed that you found it! I wouldn't hesitate to refer you to anyone that has lost something. A huge thanks again!!

    Sarita

  • I don’t think I can explain the feeling of relief I felt once that ring was back on my finger
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    I am just amazed at how typing “how to find a gold ring in grass” into my search engine, led me to this website, and better yet to someone local who was able to find my ring in minutes. I don’t think I can explain the feeling of relief I felt once that ring was back on my finger, from 10pm thurs to sat 905 am was a long time to hold my breath. I was chicken to call for help, but determined to find my ring; and I am surprised how quickly this has been resolved, Gregg responded so quickly to give up his Saturday morning and watching him work seemed so effortless, within minutes he was holding my treasure. I was afraid my ring would become another lost treasure on the farm and now I am so happy to have it back where it belongs. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve always said that my husband would give me the moon if he could and I feel that way right now about having my ring back. Priceless for sure.

  • Leaping for joy, hooting, hollering, and hugging concerned bystanders.
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    Dear Scott, I cannot thank you enough for recovering my ring– a formidable task for the reasons you have already mentioned. Twin Lakes Beach is one of the most frequented beaches in all of Santa Cruz. I realized that the ring was missing 2 hours after we had left and had a meltdown; fortunately, my friends who were visiting immediately eased us into problem-solving mode. We went back to the beach where we got on our hands and knees to search for this ‘needle in a haystack’ for quite some time, but it was clear that while we were gone, the foot traffic had been heavy, and the area was zigzagged with tracks left from tents, beach chairs, and towels. Sand had been kicked about and the tide was coming in. The lifeguard advised me to go to the Harbormaster office to ask if someone there might have a metal detector. The front desk attendant called a friend who apparently owned a detector and asked him to come in and the friend said that he would come within 10 mins., but that his equipment was low on battery. The search help arrived, but this man’s equipment was just really dusty and battered. Because the battery was low, too, we had to hurry. For 45 minutes, he scoured the area, but no luck. We threw our hands up in defeat and since my friends had to start their trip back to L.A. (this debacle had delayed them already by several hours), we left the beach and went home. My husband Marc was home from work and I told him everything and we were both so sad. Then, suddenly, I received a text from a dear friend of mine in St. Paul, MN, whose husband had lost his ring in a snow bank last winter. He had found a retrieval specialist through theringfinders.com with success, so she urged me to research the site. Marc looked up the site and lo and behold, you, Scott, were listed. We called. You answered. We drove back to the beach and you met us there promptly (10-15 minutes tops) with all your bells and whistles; admittedly, seeing that you were so well-equipped gave me hope! As you explained, I was shocked when you called me over, less than 15 minutes into your search, to identify the ring. “Did your ring look something like this?” I COULD NOT believe it. I’ll never forget it, either! Leaping for joy, hooting, hollering, and hugging concerned bystanders. That one group you mentioned that had witnessed the search from beginning to end was carried up in the moment, too, with one woman actually crying because she was so relieved for me. Super-sweet. Recovering this ring was important, as you can imagine, not simply because of its’ material worth… as a cherished symbol, this ring carries a memory and marks some very important chapters of my/our life story! THANK YOU for your professionalism, meticulousness, and sincerity – all qualities that shined through in this pursuit! We will definitely recommend your services to our contacts in the future!

    Best wishes, Vickie

  • I couldn't be happier with Chris and his services and would recommend him to anyone...
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    When I lost my wedding band while enjoying some swimming at White Pine Beach, I felt totally helpless. After phoning my wife to give her the bad news, she did a google search and found the link to The Ring Finders website, and wow am I glad she found that site. Chris got back to me quickly and we arranged to meet the next day back at the beach. The next day we met up and Chris began searching the bottom in the area where I felt the ring had entered the water. Chris found the ring in less than 15 minutes and proceeded to have a little fun by faking a metal detector malfunction when coming out of the lake! I couldn't be happier with Chris and his services and would recommend him to anyone who needs to find thier lost valuables.

  • They are miracle workers and very nice and caring.
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    Deldon Krueger was the answer to my prayers! I lost my engagement ring in the grass on a side of a busy street, my fiance and I took turns searching for it for three days, called Deldon Krueger and they found my ring in about 1 hour! They are miracle workers and very nice and caring. Thank you for your diligent and thorough work!

  • I could see that his best reward was to see my face when he found the ring.
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    Last Thursday, June 23, I lost my gold wedding ring at the beach. I was convinced I dropped it in one of 4 the four different places I sat down, but there was no way of knowing for sure exactly where it was. I thought it was gone forever. I searched for the ring with no success, and by the time I got home I was devastated. I've had this ring for roughly 4 years now, and it meant a lot to me and my wife.

    We've been together for almost 11 years, since we started dating in high school, and we always had rings to symbolize our commitment, but none was special as this one. This one was bought back in Brazil, before we immigrated to Canada, and it is a special blend of white gold and yellow gold that is not easily reproduced.

    The next day, I started browsing the web, convinced that I could find someone to help me find my ring. That was when I came across Chris and theringfinders.com. Chris was very helpful from the beginning, asking clarifying questions and making sure there was a way to track down where it could be. He explained to me that he works on a reward basis and that a part of the reward goes to charity, which is a very honorable attitude. We made plans to go look for it that same that in the evening.

    Arriving at the beach, we started looking for the ring in one of the spots which I thought was more likely for it to have fallen. No luck there. Chris was using his metal detector and we found a lot of bottle caps, pennies and some old nails. After half an hour looking for it in that position we decided to go and try the second spot. I was frustrated, since I could not know for sure where I dropped it, and I was thinking I might never see it again. Chris was always very supporting, and kept telling me that if it was there, he would definitely find it. That made me feel better, specially coming from someone with so much experience in metal detecting and treasure hunting.

    We stopped and the second spot and Chris turned his metal detector on. The first thing he found was a melted piece of metal, about the size of a fingernail. After that, he flitted his detector to the right, sensing something unusual on that spot. He reached with his scoop in the sand, and after less than 2 minutes in that spot, he found my ring! I was ecstatic. I could not believe he had found it so fast. After 24 hours of anguish, I had my ring back! I cannot describe how good it felt.

    I thanked Chris and gave him the best reward I could afford. It is clear to me that he has a passion for this and does not do it for the money. I could see that his best reward was to see my face when he found the ring. I am very glad I have found Chris, otherwise I would have lost forever an artifact that has a very special meaning to me and my wife.

    Ben

  • These items are irreplaceable and I thank you from the bottom of my heart...
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    Hi Ed.

    What can I say but miracles do happen! I absolutely still cannot believe my husband had the persistence to find you and you came through-BIG TIME! The dread I felt for three days was replaced with complete shock and happiness upon learning that you found just one of the four rings I had lost on the beach in Avalon. Then, an hour later after learning you found the remaining three rings I was truly speechless. All in the dark, nonetheless. These items are irreplaceable and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a kind, helpful and smart person. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Attached is my smile picture, taken with my daughter Tess (who I was putting suntan lotion on, hence removing my rings and forgetting about them in my pocket).

    All the very best,

    Kate Bieg

  • I can not tell you how thankful I am for your help in finding my ring!
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    Mr Giarraffa

    I can not tell you how thankful I am for your help in finding my ring! You took time out of your life to help a complete (and still) stranger an act of true kindness. My wife and I will always remember you.

    Thank you Truly

    Justin

  • My daughters refer to your metal detector as the 'magic wand'
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    Dear Jim,

    Thank you so much for helping us find my wife's wedding ring. It holds a lot of sentimental value not to mention the 1 carat diamond set in it! She designed the ring using the gold and a diamond from an heirloom ring passed on by her grandmother.

    My daughters refer to your metal detector as the 'magic wand', and I think of you as the 'magician'. What a wonderful hobby you have, we would be delighted to promote your services to everyone we know.

    Many thanks!

    Michael, Samantha, Anika and Kalina

    North Saanich, BC

  • Jack found my wedding band. I was relieved and grateful. Thank you!
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    January 2011

    I felt terrible losing my ring due to carelessness. I left my ring in my pocket coming home from the gym and it fell out. It was one of those big snow days so it was coming down hard and I couldn't find it. I spent a few hours looking but it hopeless checking every hour, shoveling with my hands. I tried to look into renting a metal detector and even considered buying one. I found The Ring Finders through Craigslist and contacted Bob Black. Because I was outside of his territory, he forwarded my information to Jack and we got in touch. After the snow stopped we coordinated to meet. He arrived promptly and was ready to work. In the beginning I was feeling weary (it was a narrow city street with plenty of foot traffic) but with a little luck Jack found my wedding band. I was relieved and grateful. Thank you!

  • I searched google for “lost jewellery on perth beach” and up popped TheRingFinders.com
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    I felt my ring slip from my finger in the surf and thought that was it! I made a mental note of the spot where it slipped off. I searched the sand with family and some friends for around 45 mins but with no success.

    We returned home and I was straight onto the internet. I searched google for “lost jewellery on perth beach” and up popped TheRingFinders.com.

    I originally called Tony and left a message as his phone rang out. Having never done anything like this before I didn’t hold much hope in having my call returned. To his credit Tony called back and told me he would be at the beach at 6am the next morning.

    Sure enough he turned up and got stuck in. I must admit, my confidence of it ever being found took a hit when he didn't find it yesterday!

    He said that he would be back down on Monday and possibly a couple more times over the summer but one of my biggest fears was that another person found it and would keep it for themselves!

    When I got the call this morning from Tony double checking that it was today that I flew back to Scotland and how long the flight was, he questioned how much better I would feel if the wedding ring was on my finger as he found it this morning!!

    I must admit I thought I had a better chance of winning the lottery than having my ring found!

    All credit to Tony for recovering something I thought was gone forever. I genuinely didn’t think I would see the ring again but his persistence on the search paid off! Thank you.

  • I would have been at that playground until Spring if it weren't for Jack! (2011)

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    Jack was great. Really nice and clearly very experienced in using a metal detector. There was quite a bit of potentially distracting metal around as I had lost my ring in the snow of a children's play yard in Manhattan.But Jack explained that gold had a different frequency/sound than other metals and it took us only about 30 minutes after I had been on my hands and knees for 2 days in the cold! It was a tortuous search with the weather and so many children throwing snow everywhere throughout my search, hence difficult to keep track of the initial location where I had lost it and impossible to even eliminate places where I had already searched.

    It wasn't even close to where I had been looking yet I think I would have been at that playground until Spring if it weren't for Jack!

  • We got online and found Jack Giarraffa at TheRingFinders, who got back to us immediately
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    The day after a snowstorm a few weeks ago I was cleaning off my car and managed to slip and fall on some ice. When I got up, I realized my wedding ring had slipped off my finger and landed somewhere in the snow. As it was white gold, it was like trying to find a needle in the proverbial haystack. We got online and found Jack Giarraffa at TheRingFinders, who got back to us immediately to set up an appointment to try and find my ring. Jack came out a couple of days later (he would've come out earlier if we checked our email sooner!) with a metal detector and other tools, and managed to find my ring in under one hour. I was both overjoyed and relieved for the help that Jack gave us. Thanks again Jack!'

    Regards,

    Patrick

  • Chris, I can't even begin to thank you for returning my ring to me!
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    On a January Monday I was happily feeding birds from my 4th floor balcony when suddenly, on one throw, the ring I have been wearing for over a decade, and that is very dear to my heart, flew off my finger and ricocheted off the neighboring building into the unknown. Panicked, I ran down to search for it but five hours and half a dozen helping friends later I still had not found it.

    The search area was fairly small but littered with leaves and mud and divided by tall hedges and trees. The following morning, before dawn, I rented a metal detector and set back to searching but another 4 hours passed without sight of it. I literally crawled around my hands and knees through mud and under hedges looking for it and even searched the top of the neighboring building in the dark and snow on the off chance it had ended up there.

    Desperate and running low on hope I stumbled on to Chris' webpage and called him up. By this time it was nearly 8pm and I asked if Chris would come out the following day to help me look. Chris told me that there was no sense in waiting and offered to come out to my apartment immediately, in the dark and the snow.

    Within 30 minutes he was set up and searching, beaming smiles and confidence. His optimism was infectious but I was too guarded to allow myself to think he would be able to find it. He told me that if it didn't turn up in the yard it meant it wasn't there, in which case he would return the following day to help me search the roof and surrounding property. I was hopeful but admittedly skeptical after having spent 2 days combing for it.

    Less than 20 minutes later however, Chris called me down under the ruse of bringing him some supplies and surprised me with my ring. I could not believe my eyes! I have never been so surprised, relieved and excited all in one moment in my life. Chris will find your ring for you but more than that, he will answer your call with warmth and optimism in an unbelievable hurry. He is truly a hero.

    Chris, I can't even begin to thank you for returning my ring to me! You went above and beyond in answering my call and I will never forget it. My neighbours are indebted to you too since I no longer have to harass them about looking for my ring in the bushes and the mud. If there's a next time, I won't even bother looking first; I'll just call you up immediately and I'll counsel all of my friends to do the same.

    With endless thanks,

    Jen

  • We called on Stephane Philippe from The Ring Finders...
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    Just before Christmas, I was cleaning out the back seat of our car before taking neighbours to the airport. I took my gloves off, gave the seat a few brushes to get rid of some dog hair, and -- in one perfect motion -- knocked my wedding band loose and launched it into the snow. We had three sets of eyes looking for this ring in the first half hour, and my wife and I continued to look with no success for a few days. We called on Stephane Philippe from The Ring Finders, who took time out of his Boxing Day and was extremely friendly and professional. Stephane came over with some sophisticated equipment, and -- despite significant interference in the yard, including buried nails, power lines, and a water main -- was able to identify and recover the ring within a short period of time. We are grateful for Stephane's help, and glad that he takes a portion of the rewards to help worthy causes in our area.

    Thank you Stephane!

  • THEY FOUND IT!!! The small crowd cheered! Nobody could believe it!
    testimonial for Vic Auletta (2011)

    Vic found my husband’s wedding band at the bottom of the Magothy River! The ring had slipped off his finger while we swam at our community beach in Cape St. Claire. He realized right away that the ring was off and we spent almost 2 hours combing the area- we were over 30 yards out from the shore in waist-deep water, and even with swimming goggles you could only see about 6-8 inches in front of you. As it grew late, we conceded that we were never going to find the ring. My husband felt terrible about losing his wedding ring, though it was not his fault. I knew it was going to continue to bother him, so I went home and started searching the web. Initially, I was hoping to find a metal detector for rent, then I came across The Ring Finders’ website. I emailed Vic and was surprised with his speedy response. He offered to meet us the next morning to start searching! Sure enough, Vic was at the beach with his detector when we got there. He and my husband went into the water and covered a lot of ground. We started to attract a small crowd of spectators. I told them the story of the lost ring on the pier while the men continued their search. Over an hour into the mission Vic was still persistent. He had not given up hope- although we were all sure it was a lost cause. After nearly an hour and a half, THEY FOUND IT!!! The small crowd cheered! Nobody could believe it! Vic and my husband waded back to shore to be greeted by hugs and cheers. Vic Auletta, we cannot thank you enough! You recovered the ring and reminded us of two valuable lessons: never give up hope and don’t wear your wedding ring while swimming in a river!

    Erin

  • I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating The Ring Finders...
    testimonial for Chris Turner (2011)

    Dear Chris,

    I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating The Ring Finders.

    I was visiting friends at their cottage on the August 1st long weekend when I was horrified to discover that both my wedding band and diamond engagement ring slipped off of my finger while washing my hair in the lake.

    My husband of 10 years passed away last December, so I think you can imagine how distraught I was at the prospect of loosing my rings. When I looked down and realized they were gone, it was truly the worst moment since his death.

    After a whole lot of effort, a friend and I were able to locate the wedding band the next day, but had no luck with the diamond engagement ring.

    The thought of something that valuable - monetarily, and more importantly, emotionally - being lost forever at the bottom of the lake was breaking my heart - I was practically inconsolable.

    I spent the following week on the internet and phone trying to find anyone who could help me when I came across a forum called Treasure Finds. I put up a post and someone there suggested I check out your website.

    I have to say, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. It was like the site was written for me. I had no idea that there was such a movement of people who had such a passion for metal detecting, and especially a group such as yours, dedicated to helping people like myself.

    I am thrilled to tell you that I contacted Dave Pommer and last Sunday we returned to Bobcaygeon and he was able locate my engagement ring - in less than ideal weather conditions, I might add. I was so relieved I couldn't stop crying for almost an hour.

    Dave was a wonderful person, and I will forever be in his debt for helping me get back something so truly precious to me.

    I just wanted to say thank you for creating such a wonderful site and providing such a special service. Finding those rings actually reminded me what it was like to be happy again. I haven't stopped smiling all week and several of my friends and family have noticed that for the first time in a very long time, I am more like myself.

    Please keep up the good work and thank you again for everything.

    Kind Regards,

    Marcie Cunning

  • Chris Turner is a truly rare and exceptional person!
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    Chris Turner is a truly rare and exceptional person! I am a natural pessimist and couldn't believe people like him exist still; he really does love making others happy. This guy has a job yet spends his spare time not sleeping, playing or relaxing but searching for jewellery for indeterminate rewards.

    I never had a doubt as to how and where I lost my ring while on a short weekend getaway to Vancouver Island. I had my dog's leash wrapped around my left hand to keep her short and close to me as we walked along the edge of a golf course. In order to pick up after my dog, I handed the leash to my guy and in so doing, the leash unfurled in my hand, taking the ring off. A few minutes later, as we walked along, I realized the ring was gone and in the same moment knew exactly what had happened. It had come off in rough brush and weeds and after searching for a while we just gave up and I berated myself for being so silly to bring expensive jewellery on vacation. It should have, but never occurred to me that a metal detector could find my ring.

    Only after returning home did I hear about Chris online. He contacted me and immediately gave me a feeling of calm and hopeful yet not unrealistic hope. Anyone can buy a metal detector but it was in how Chris spoke to me and his actual words that are what make him special. He was sympathetic, professional, and cautiously optimistic. He was very clear that he has 100% confidence in his abilities given the correct info, but also that I should feel happy that I truly did all I could have done; should he not find the ring. He said several times that either way I would have "closure" and I knew that if he didn't find it I would truly be able to mentally let it go. That alone is a rare and special ability to impart; he hadn't even looked yet and already I was feeling more at peace.

    Five days after losing the ring he was on the first ferry to the Island. I wished I'd been able to accompany him but since I couldn't he sent me a pic when he arrived on site to show that he was really there, and again I felt a sense of calm. I was never in doubt as to where the ring was, but I was still unsure that he would find it. Well he did and sent me a pic right away. I'm not normally overly emotional but, I screamed and shook and cried and laughed all at once when I saw my ring!

    Chris did more than return my ring; he made me believe that there are really nice people in the world still. This pessimist is now realizing kindness that asks little in return is out there!

    I would highly recommend Chris to anyone.

  • The Ring Finder reacted promptly to our request and were extremely professional in their approach...
    testimonial for Darrin Gray (2011)

    There is nothing better than enjoying a fun holiday weekend boating and relaxing with family and friends, but a simple exchange of a ring turned into an extremely stressful situation. While sitting on the back of the boat my friend asked if she could try on my ring. At the time, not thinking anything about it I slipped the ring off and handed it over. Now it gets interesting! It's funny how little ones have a fascination with everything shinny so when my friend went to hand back the ring her daughter asked if she could see it and give it back to me. Who knew she had the right arm of a major leaguer! She threw the ring at me, it bounced off my hand and into the lake it went, six feet deep and over a foot of silt, and we couldn't find it. Now what to do? We conjured up several ideas as to how to retrieve the ring but the reality was we needed someone with the proper equipment and experience to help us out. A few call's later and thanks to the internet and the research of another friend we found The Ring Finder website. My Husband called Darrin Gray and gave him all the specifics. Darrin made note of all that was discussed and was eager and willing to get things rolling first thing in the morning. Dawn broke and everyone was already up waiting in anticipation. Darrin and his partner arrived as promised. They surveyed the drop zone, gathered their equipment and began the search. Much to our amazement about thirty minutes later there it was sitting on top of a large scoop of black muck, my ring. The Ring Finder reacted promptly to our request and were extremely professional in their approach. We can't thank them enough!

    Tim & Shar

  • Chris's professionalism, kindness, sincerity, and giving restored my wavering faith in human beings...
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    I have lingered over just what to say on this blog as no words can express the gratitude I have for Chris and what he did for me.

    What I can say is that from the very moment I called Chris he was/is:

    - as optimistic as I was (saying “if it’s there, I WILL find it”). Wonderful words when one has lost something so dear and KNOWS it’s there let me tell you!

    - totally professional in every way: from his language and manner on the phone to his knowing what was what on the beach, the timing of such things etc. I felt SAFE meeting him at 11pm (my son was a bit worried, but from our telephone conversations and the recommendation of the life guards I just KNEW, in my gut, that he was a very professional, “good guy”)

    - dedicated to the project of helping me, a total stranger: after a long day of work he met me the same night I lost my precious items, at 11pm, saying that if we didn’t get there before the “beach sweepers” which begin the work of cleaning and destroying everything in the sand at about 3 or 4 am.

    - went above and beyond what any “good guy” might do: I locked myself out of my car and after we found my items he helped me get back into my locked car!

    - truly, a living knight in these modern times.

    Quite honestly, Chris’s professionalism, kindness, sincerity, and giving restored my wavering faith in human beings helping each other out BECAUSE WE CAN and because we care, because, basically, it’s always the right and wonderful thing to do. He took time out of his very busy life to help me, a total stranger with nothing to offer him, find the most precious possessions I have.He didn’t ask for any money, he didn’t ask for anything at all, in return for helping me. He helped to help and THIS is something I know, as a volunteer, is the foundation of compassionate living, volunteering, and being of service in our world: to be of service simply to be of service.

    I mean, how often do we see this in our modern, capitalist society? It’s SO rare that when I experienced it and was the recipient of it, with Chris, my heart was utterly warmed and enlivened. As I’m not working, I offered to bake him and his partner some delish baked goods. How’s that for a sweet ending?

    And then he’s kind enough to call me “young”! : ) Thanks for that Chris and SO much more! Thank you for being YOU: an amazingly generous, giving, and loving human being walking and sharing this planet with us. Blessings and abundance and FUN treasure hunting to you!!

  • It was incredible that you put in so much effort. You were both like angels arriving on planet earth!
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    Dear Chris and Beverley

    Well I have just about got over jet lag... But maybe not quite as it is 5am here!

    I just wanted to say such a massive thank you for your amazing kindness, professionalism and talent in finding my three rings. I am still in shock that you managed to find them and really can't begin to thank you both enough. You are amazing!!!!!!

    To get to Tofino so quickly with all your equipment from Vancouver, taking ferries and mountain passes, to search in the freezing snow and darkness, find the rings in four inches under the sand in different locations on a huge beach that had been pounded for three days by the Pacific tides, get stuck in snowdrifts on the way home and keep us so well informed about the search and produce a wonderful film of the search... It was incredible that you put in so much effort. You were both like angels arriving on planet earth! So thank you thank you.

    The film of the finding of the rings is fabulous..... Thanks so much for sending it to us. It is great to see you and Beverley searching for the rings and then finding them. They are looking beautiful.... Perhaps the sea and sand gave them a good cleaning!! Anyway, that will be the last time they are tossed into the sea! Lessons have been learnt....

    Thanks to you both. You are incredible!

    Trishx

  • That miracle was discovering theringfinders.com on Google...
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    It wasn't just any ring that went flying off my finger while throwing snowballs at our husky. It was THE ring. The ring he chose all by himself. The ring he loved enough to give to me when he got down on one knee. And now it was hidden somewhere in 2 feet of snow!

    We were newly engaged and still floating on cloud 9. Everything was perfect leading up to that afternoon of playing in the snow. The sunshine was glistening as we took turn tossing clumps of snow into the air. Our dog was jumping up chomping on them. I picked a big clump and tossed it with both hands. As I let go of the snow I knew instantly that my ring, which hadn't been sized yet, was gone. Feeling it slide off the whole length of my finger was the worst feeling in the world.

    We looked for hours. Tracing and retracing every inch of the dog park we were in. When our eyes failed us we shoveled 16 trash bags full of snow and melted them in the bathtub hoping to find my ring in the water. Bag after bag melted and bag after bag there was no ring. As my tears dried we slowly began to realize that short of a miracle, the ring was gone forever.

    That miracle was discovering theringfinders.com on Google. They were great! There was no one in our area listed on the website but they found us a guy who lives down the street. Larry came the next day with all his gear and in 45 minutes had the ring back in my fiance's hands. Larry's strategy was simple and effective. He started with where I was standing and slowly expanded his search past where we had been looking until he hit the jackpot. We are so grateful to Larry and theringfinders.com for helping us! Instead of a tragic memory they gave us our ring, a great story to tell at the reception, and something my fiance can tease me about for the rest of our lives.

    Christopher M. Corcoran

  • What a wonderful service you provide. (2011)

    Rick and Eleanor,

    Maureen and I just wanted to send you this note to thank you so very much for the great thing you did for us yesterday. We were so distraught over the loss of our wedding ring that we didn’t know what to do. Even though we new the ring was in our home, we were at wit’s end on how to actually find it.

    Your patience, attention to detail and methodology is what made finding our ring possible. I don’t know how many times I had searched the same area where the ring wound up being. Your detection equipment certainly eliminated where it was not, which finally led to where it was!

    You were both so conscientious and your calming presence made us both feel that everything was going to be OK.

    Again, are most heartfelt thanks goes to you and the whole community behind TheRingFinders.com. What a wonderful service you provide.

    Sincerely,

    Steve & Maureen

  • Takes his job seriously and does it from the heart...
    testimonial for Chris Turner (2011)

    I found Chris to be a professional person who takes his job seriously and does it from the heart. He found my ring in less than an hour without expecting a lot in return. From the reward that I gave him he donated 15% to Children's hospital and that is what I liked the most about his work. He made me realize that there are still good people around us who do things for the pleasure and smiles it provides to other people and not for any selfish reasons. All in all my short experience with Chris was positive and if you lost a ring, Call Chris :]

  • Thank you sooo much for helping us find his wedding ring.
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    Chris,

    You probably won't remember this case, but we wanted to say Thank You none the less! Last April (approximately) we had you come out to a townhouse complex in Port Moody. My husband had been throwing a Giant bouncy ball in the air for our kids when his ring went flying upward off his cold hand.

    Needless to say we were unable to find the ring and it was quite a mystery as to where it landed. You threw a test ring and were certain it was on the rooftop of the townhouses close by. Unfortunately we were unable to get up on the roof tops and that's where the search ended.....for a while...

    Until.....recently when my husband got hired on with the Fire Department. He was able to bring out one of the ladder trucks to our complex and ....the ring was exactly where you predicted it would be!! Covered in many leaves, and very dirty...but there!!

    Thank you sooo much for helping us find his wedding ring.

    Sincerely,

    Chris & Karen Watt

  • Dave and Eryn Millman were two of the kindest, most generous, and professional people I have met.
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    Dave and Eryn Millman were two of the kindest, most generous, and professional people I have met. Dave saw that I was inquiring for anyone with a metal detector– because I had lost my watch in the sand at Baker Beach.

    He emailed me in a friendly and professional manner– we corresponded and ended up talking on the phone. Dave knew exactly what to do in the case of a lost metal valuable! He explained that there are certain initial questions that we must ask– steps to take that I would never think of– but I learned were key in retrieving my sentimental and pricy Cartier watch! These included questions about the weather, the proximity to the water, etc. He even looked up the time of the tide for me that evening online while over the phone. Extremely competent sounding and I immediately felt relieved. I knew I was talking to the right team of people since the start of the phone chat. Dave told me that he and Eryn had a job in Marin on Sunday morning, and said that they could meet me at Baker Beach in the afternoon.

    Dave and Eryn showed up when they said they would– despite the less-than-great conditions (it was raining and pretty cold that day). Dave had told me on the phone to retrace my steps to where I lost it– and I did just that, (with my friend Madeleine, who I was with the night on the beach). Dave and Eryn each had metal detector– which I soon saw were more complicated than I thought! The two of them greeted me smiling, very warm and kind while being extremely professional and work-ready.

    Dave and Eryn set up boundaries– making a frame based on the spot that I had decided I had left my items that night. They talked calmly to one another– as I sat on and watched with Madeleine. Dave and Eryn had a system so that every area would be covered. Soon beeps started going off– though the first few times they went off they were just scrap metal or bottle caps. Each time the sound went off, they had the skills and tools to gently dig and sift through the sand to find the metal. The beep went off– and at the time I was watching Dave work. But I heard my friend let out a scream of joy and I turned to see Eryn holding the watch! Joy does not begin to describe how I felt! I immediately jumped up and gave Eryn a huge hug! I believe I may have jumped up and down once or twice. Definitely lots of squealing and “Oh my gosh’s!” I could not believe that on the entire beach Eryn narrowed in on the small space where the watch had settled! Amazing. And– the whole time from when we met them to when the watch was found was no longer than twenty minutes!!

    The watch meant so much to me, as I got it for my “Sweet Sixteen!” And it was an expensive piece, a gift I could never afford to buy myself again.

    Dave and Eryn did not only make me happy that day about my watch– but I think of them– as since that day they have been a real inspiration to me. Their attitudes and actions have inspired me to be kinder to others and generally more positive about certain situations. They showed up on that rainy day with such genuine caring hearts and terrific attitudes. And both were so humble after finding the watch, too. And it was their second huge find of the day! Eryn had also found a platinum ring they were looking for in Marin! Wow. She made a lot of people happy that day. What a lovely father and daughter. I wish them both the very very best

  • I'd like to express my gratitude to Chris and The Ring Finders Directory...
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    During the last week's snow storm, I lost both of my engagement and wedding rings while shoveling snow. After searching for a couple of days without any success, I started researching online and found The Ring Finders Directory.

    Unfortunately, there is no ring finders listed from Massachusetts where I live. I contact The Ring Finders, and within minutes I got a response from Chris of The Ring Finders.

    Very quickly Chris located a couple of experts in treasure hunting in Massachusetts. They drove from Cape Cod to where I live near Boston. They found my rings in less that 1 hour!!!

    I'd like to express my gratitude to Chris and The Ring Finders Directory. Chris, thank you for your time, advice and support during the search. Without your help, the rings would still be buried in the snow.

    Best regards,

    JianJian

  • I searched the Web and came across Tony Shere via The Ring Finders
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    January 15, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    I was out spreading fertilzer on the back lawn when I discovered I had lost my Wedding Ring. I raked the lawn and searched the garden for 3 weeks but without success. I was thinking of hiring a metal detector but felt I should have someone with experience in this area. I searched the Web and came across Tony Shere via The Ring Finders. I had all but given up hope of finding my Wedding Ring when Tony arrived with his equipment. I gave him the the direction of the general area and after about 10 minutes he had located it. I was so relieved to have my Wedding Ring back. It pays to get an expert, thanks Tony.

  • Hi Justin, Thanks a billion times again for finding my wedding ring today!
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    Hi Justin,

    Thanks a billion times again for finding my wedding ring today! I still cant believe that it is back on my finger after spending a night in the Callaghan powder. The ring is priceless to me and my wife, and fortunately I’m out of the doghouse! I would also like to thank you for such a quick response to my problem as you were on site within an hour. Not sure what I would have done otherwise.

    Keep up the awesome and priceless service you provide!

    Cheers,

    Jonas Velaniskis

  • I recommend Stephane to anyone who needs help finding a ring!
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    As I raked the leaves on our front lawn in October, my engagement ring and wedding band slipped off. I noticed and put them back on. I thought, I should be wearing gloves while I do this but hey, I just noticed so it should be okay. As I fed my son supper, I noticed that my engagement ring wasn't on my finger. After over 6 years on my hand, it was gone - I had to find it. After putting our son to bed, my husband and I did our best to light up the garage as we sifted through the leaves that had been collected and went over the lawn. After an hour plus of searching with no results, we started to consider our options. We knew that the longer we waited, the less chance of finding it. My husband found Stephane's information and I spoke with him from work the next day. Stephane was so responsive - coming to meet me at home at the end of my work day. He started searching immediately. Stephane found my engagement ring in one of the bags of leaves. I felt such relief when it was found! A huge thank you to Stephane! I recommend Stephane to anyone who needs help finding a ring!

    Cheers,

    Valerie

  • Thank you so much for finding my husbands wedding ring... (2011)

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    James,

    Thank you so much for finding my husbands wedding ring! You were so nice and I couldn't have asked for better service! We're so relieved it was found!

    Andrea & Rob

  • That ring means everything to Tyler and he was devastated when he lost it...
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    Hello Chris,

    I just wanted to thank you for finding my son's ring on November 4th in Chilliwack. Tyler's Dad, Jim died when Tyler was only 12. That ring means everything to Tyler and he was devastated when he lost it. I am so very very glad you found it. It certainly was a memorable moment for Tyler as anyone can see on the video!

    Please keep doing what you are doing and restoring dreams and memories for others.!

    Joanne

  • When Stephane arrived, we instantly felt confident that the ring would reappear...
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    We had found this ring on a recent trip to California . It was a perfect little souvenir from a local artisan from that great part of the world. When it went missing we felt a little empty, wondering if we'd ever find something similar - that's when we called Stephane. He was very professional and accommodating for our schedule. When Stephane arrived, we instantly felt confident that the ring would reappear due to his can-do attitude, modern equipment and self-confidence.

    And sure enough a few minutes into the search - it was found, with Stephane holding up a muddy ring and quietly announcing, "Here it is." We felt relief and lots of joy in being re-united with this piece of art found in a small shop in San Francisco.

    Thanks Stephane!

  • I am so grateful to Chris Turner and I have been able to enjoy my ring everyday...
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    I was the person who lost my silver native ring at the beach while throwing a stick for my dog. I was devastated, as the ring was very sentimental to me. I looked for hours and couldn’t find it. I thought it was lost forever. Well, Chris Turner came out and an hour later, he found the ring buried in the sand. I was so elated to have my ring back (as you can see from the video). I just couldn’t believe he was able to find it. I am so grateful to Chris Turner and I have been able to enjoy my ring everyday since he returned it to me. Thank you so much Ring Finders!

  • I thought that we would never find the ring and that it was lost forever...
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    I thought that we would never find the ring and that it was lost forever...

    It was my husband Dylan's first triathlon and the whole family was out to wish him well... everyone was excited and there was lots of energy in the air. However, moments before the race was to begin, we realized that my husband's wedding ring was lost on the beach. Dylan had tied the ring to the camera strap and it was no longer there. In hind sight, he kicked himself for not putting his ring in a safer place. We all began to comb the sand as best we could before it was time for him to start the ocean swim portion of the race. I told my husband not to worry about it and in my mind, I thought that we would never find the ring and that it was lost forever, but my husband didn’t give up so easily. A day later, I could tell that the lost ring was weighing heavy on his mind. Dylan mentioned to me that he spoke with Jim Borgen, a successful ring finder and that he planned to meet up at Dock Weiler beach to see if they could find the ring together. They looked for several hours, but no luck. Dylan told me that Jim planned to go out the next day to look again… Dylan and I was skeptical that the ring would be found… it was days since the ring was lost on the busy beach with beach sweepers and people trampling on the sand would just bury the ring further or perhaps someone else found it and took it...

    Well, sure enough, Jim found Dylan’s ring! I couldn’t believe it, but I was thrilled! Dylan was completely overjoyed and the whole family celebrated with giggles and high fives. Even though the ring may not have been super expensive, it was very special to my husband… it was irreplaceable to him and that makes me feel even luckier for being married to such an incredible husband and father. I can’t thank Jim enough for his incredible ring finding talent. Personally, I think that Jim has a sixth sense! He seems to do the impossible… when everyone else would give up, Jim hangs in there and gets the job done! How can we thank Jim for finding something so precious to my husband and to our family? He is truly a special guy. Jim has a wonderful spirit and energy and we know that he does this job because he only wants to help people. If you ever find yourself in a similar position, please don’t give up like I would have done… contact Jim Borgen immediately!

  • Only two months left until my wedding day, I unfortunately dropped my engagement ring in the Atlantic Ocean...
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    Only two months left until my wedding day, I unfortunately dropped my engagement ring in the Atlantic Ocean. As I saw it slip out of my hand, I thought it was gone forever. After a brief search on the internet, my fiancé found Mike McInroe, a wonderful kind hearted man. I felt that Mike was the last hope that I could hold on to in finding my engagement ring. Mike came to Jacksonville the very next day to search for my missing ring!

    After a long search that day and as the tide came back in that later afternoon for the last time in daylight I felt like the search was over, I had finally lost hope. I parted with my ring at that very moment as I thought Mike had finished his search. To my surprise, Mike came to me and said that he was going to continue his search that evening until the tide went back out again. Mike was my knight in shining armor! At that very instant I felt so overwhelmed with joy that this man brought back hope to me in the most unselfish way possible.

    My fiancénd I left the beach that evening around 10:30pm praying that Mike would find our ring. I felt so much at peace driving back home after speaking to Mike and having him reassure me that he was going to do everything he possibly could to find my ring. I did understand that my ring was a materialistic item, yet it had so much meaning behind it and was so special to me. Sure enough at 2:25am, I received a call that Mike had found my ring!! It was the most special indescribable moment I have ever felt. I personally want to say thank you to Mike for showing me that the Lord does work in such mysterious ways, bringing my fiancénd I closer together during such a loss and reuniting me with my engagement ring. Mike was such a great person to work with and he truly did such a great job! Thanks Mike! :)

    Andrea

  • On Friday afternoon I spent the afternoon laying on the grass...
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    On Friday afternoon I spent the afternoon laying on the grass at Sunset Beach near English Bay in Vancouver. I had looped my watch band through my ring and attached it to my belt loop. When I got ready to leave I removed the watch from my belt loop and put it on, forgetting about the attached ring. It must have dropped to the ground somewhere nearby. About a half hour after I returned home I realized that a ring that I have worn for over 35 years was missing!!! I immediately returned to the site where I'd been and searched extensively with no luck. I went home again and tore my home apart, but was certain it was still down at the beach. So I returned for a second round of searching, to no avail. I returned home saddened and discouraged, having felt like I'd lost a something important and of great sentimental value. As a last ditch effort I posted a "Lost" notice on a local community website that same evening.

    The very next morning I received two e-mails from Chris Turner - one offering his services (actually sent the same night I posted the lost notice) and a second e-mail telling me he'd found the ring!!!!!!!!!!! He had gone to the location I'd described in my lost ad, and found the ring in the first 10 minutes of searching! I cannot tell you how elated I was to read that Chris had found my treasured ring (and to see the picture of it that he e-mailed to me). We made phone contact and I arranged to meet him to pick up the ring. So in less than 24 hours I'd gone from very upset to being on cloud nine, and having had my faith restored that there are still great people in the world like Chris. Thanks again for your great service!!!

    Best Regards, Carl.

  • When I lost my Aunts wedding ring whilst moving out of my houseboat I feared I had lost it forever...
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    When I lost my Aunts wedding ring whilst moving out of my houseboat I feared I had lost it forever, but that was before I contacted Everton from The Ring Finders!

    A calm, friendly and incredibly positive voice answered the phone and Everton reassured me that not only was he up for the challenge but he would find my ring. Within 20 minutes of him arriving, my ring had been found.

    I still can't quite believe it. I can guarantee that without his help I would never have found it.

    Tell your friends to tell their friends and spread the word - A truly amazing service.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

  • Thank you Chris for finding my wedding band!
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    Thank you Chris for finding my wedding band! I appreciate your quick response and reply to both my email and text. I was so thankful when I received the call from you at 5:30 in the morning to say that you would meet me at the park where I was looking for my ring and help me find it. This was completely unexpected and truly appreciated. When I lost my ring the night before during a late evening work out I was very upset as I truly did not think I would ever see it again and on the walk home had already resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to break this bad news to my wife and get a replacement wedding band. Thankfully my wife was asleep and I did a quick Google search and I found your website and service. Right away I sent an email and a text asking for your help in finding my lost ring. I knew I had to get back to the park in the early hours of the morning before the park got busy with people and my ring being either ground farther into the dirt and grass or someone else finding it. I told you in my email that I was going back at 5am in the morning to start my search and the next morning as I was leaving my house you called and said you would be right over - wow what great service! We started to look in the areas that I had done my work out the night before and you provided your guidance and expertise as to how we should go about searching for the ring. We pin pointed certain areas to begin the search and then expanded from there. As I had said to you I had done a few laps around the park during my work out so we headed out on the running track with your gear. Well as we continued farther and farther down the path I did not think that we would have any luck in finding my lost ring - then all of sudden you reached down and picked up my ring! The complete excitement and relief I felt at that moment was fantastic.

    In all the total search time we spent was no more than 30 minutes! Had I done this myself would have taken hours and more than likely would have not found my ring.

    Thank you for coming out and finding my wedding band as I did not want to have to break the news to my wife that I lost it, then have to replace it, and then go through all the challenges when dealing with the insurance company. Your services are worth their weight in gold and I know the reward money that I paid to you was money well spent!

    Thanks again!

    Patrick

  • Thank you so much for the miracle you have given me... (2011)

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    James,
    Thank you so much for the miracle you have given me and my new wife. I couldn't believe it when only three days after our wedding my ring slipped off my finger while I was playing in the surf of Mothers Beach. After looking for it for 45 minutes, I was desperate. I was ready to rent a scuba tank and scan every inch. I had already started to give up hope when I found The Ring Finders. Even then I didn't think it would work. After talking to you on the phone, hope slowly started to return.

    I couldn't believe it when you held the ring up after looking only a few minutes! My heart was filled with joy. You made the impossible, possible.

    You will forever have the my thanks and the thanks of my lovely new bride, Jen.

    Indebtedly yours,
    Kevin

  • Hi Chris, Well, you won't believe it (or actually, probably you of all people will!)...
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    Hi Chris,

    Well, you won't believe it (or actually, probably you of all people will!) but we found my husbands wedding ring off the dock on Galiano Island!!! The man with the underwater metal detector bought a brand new one and was itching to give it a try so he called us on the weekend to ask where we'd lost it and said he was doing a dive in the area anyway and thought he'd take a look. And he actually found it!!!! We paid him a finders fee but were just so thrilled to have it back, we could hardly believe our ears when he called with the good news.

    I wanted to thank you for all your advice and mostly for your words of encouragement. It was nice to know that someone out there (and you were one of the only ones) believed that it could actually be found and wasn't a lost cause!

    I am a freelance writer and have a bi-weekly column entitled Live and Learn in the Driftwood's weekend edition (the local newspaper for the Gulf Islands) so I will be writing my next column on the story of the found ring. I would like to include your name and contact information, if that's alright with you, in case anyone ever loses a ring in Vancouver. It's the least I can do for all the help you gave us.

    Let me know if that would be alright and I will definitely send you a copy of the column when it's done...it's usually up on the Driftwood's website so I'll send you the link for it.

    Cheers,

    Meghan Howcroft

  • I realized my silver wedding band was not on my finger...
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    The day of my son's 5th birthday was sunny and perfect. Late in the afternoon, after lots of swimming, games, clowns, cake, and cleaning up, I realized my silver wedding band was not on my finger. I didn't panic because I just thought "how hard could it be to find it in my backyard?" We scoured the grass, the gardens, the pool but we couldn't find the ring. We looked daily for a week knowing that it HAD to be in the backyard somewhere. Looking to purchase a metal detector, I went online and found The Ring Finders website instead. I quickly contacted Dave Pommers from London, Ontario, who was willing to drive almost 3 hours to help us with the search. Well, all our friends had a good laugh when we told them that a "Ring Finder" was coming to our house to find my wedding band.

    Dave showed up and did a thorough search of the backyard.no ring! Not being one to give up so easily, Dave searched our neighbor's yard and found the ring within minutes. There are just no words to explain how happy I felt to see Dave triumphantly holding my ring in his hand! I still have NO idea how the ring ended up in my neighbor's yard (curious squirrel, vigorous dive, evil clown?) but I am so thankful to Dave for his persistence and thorough search methods!

    And thank you Ring Finders for providing connections to such an awesome service.

    Kate.

  • Words can not describe the feelings of putting my ring back on...
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    It was March 11th of 2010 that my engagement ring would fall off into our jungle of a yard. We looked for a couple of days then realized that the search was going to require the help of a metal detector. We purchased one on line and received it a couple of days later. With the plastic gloves on and detector dialed in, how could we not find it.. For a month straight we would search. By month 2 less time was spent searching for it. I could not believe we had not found it yet.. I started to think that maybe it had not fallen off with the shake of the rug and perhaps somewhere else. We pulled out the fridge, unscrewed the pipes and cleaned out the pantry. Still nothing. Many days I'd leave, and as I would return, I'd look over the deck and just feel that it was there.. Whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhereeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrre are you my pretty ring ???

    And then one day, from a friend of a friend, I received an email with some great information.

    It stated that they knew of someone who looked for rings as a hobby and just recently became part of The Ring Finders.

    AND that he was going to be in town not even a week later.. I felt that this was it. My ring will be found.

    On the early afternoon of June 3rd, and hour after Mr. Jim Borgen started looking with his equipment.. My ring WAS FOUND ~!

    Words can not describe the feelings of putting that ring back on my finger.

    Thank You Jim ~!

    XoXo,

    The Kessel's

  • Thank you very very much...
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    You are the best warm hearted person that I have ever known. I am really very moved. Next time if I go to Vancouver, I will bring Chinese presents for you.

    Yuzhi

  • Those last three rings were there for 14 months...
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    Chris Turners ability, compassion, passion and joy for helping people find lost jewellery is amazing. Chris, Tia and I cannot thank you enough. May God bless you and Bev abundantly. You have become part of our lives and helped create a wonderful, never to be forgotten time.

    To anyone reading this, never give up hope. Those last three rings were there for 14 months. If they are there, Chris can find them.

    With love and enormous thanks from Tia and Wayne.

  • I just wanted to thank you again for finding Kate's ring...
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    I am still in shock and so is she that she has it back and all thanks to you.

    We both think that you are an amazing person and what you do for others is very touching, you have a huge heart and wish there were more people like you.

    I can't wait to see the video and show everyone :)

    My friend that I told you about that lost her bracelet maybe calling you.

    I told her about you and she had asked for your number, her name is Monica.

    Thank you so very much!

    Susan & Kate

  • Well, I was at my kick-boxing class tonight, and forgot to remove my rings before I left home...
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    I just wanted to share with you a service that may get you outta trouble... it totally helped me out tonight!

    Well, I was at my kick-boxing class tonight, and forgot to remove my rings before I left home. When I got to class, I put the rings into my friend's zippered pocket for safe keeping. Of course, they didn't stay in her pocket....After class, when we were walking out, she reached into her pocket to give me my rings back, and "ping" I hear a faint noise.....my wedding band fell out and rolled off...onto the concrete, into the grass, covered with leaves, in the dark.

    The entire kick-boxing class helped me look for it in the dark for about 20 min, until someone said, "you should rent a metal-detector." That's when I googled metal detector rentals, Vancouver on my phone. I clicked on the first link that came up and found Chris from www.metaldetectorrental.ca. At 8:30 in the evening, in the middle of a Canucks game, he drove from Metrotown to Granville Island to help me find my ring. With a metal-detector and flashlight in hand, he searched for about 1 hour, and found my ring!!!!! Jerome and I had basically given up 20 min. into his search, but he didn't.

    I just wanted to share this story with all of you just in case you need his services in the future. In terms of his fee, Chris only accepts Rewards/Donations from the owners if he finds their jewelry, and also donates 15% to Children's Hospital. Thanks again Chris. I've been telling all my friends.

    Cheers!

    Robin

  • I lost my wedding band over a month ago...
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    I lost my wedding band over a month ago now and I was quite disappointed to say the least. I've never taken my ring off except for a few hours to do odd chores around the house for the last 10 years. After losing the ring, it felt like I lost a part of me. So I started scouring "lost and found" ads in the paper and craigslist hoping to find my ring. And this is how I found Chris Turner, on Craigslist, offering his service to find lost jewelry for people. So I contacted Chris, told him where, when and how I lost it. He said he'll try to look for it but there won't be any guarantee. I resigned to the fact that he won't find it since it's been lost in the lake for at least 3 weeks after calling him. But lo and behold, one beautiful Saturday morning he gives me a call to let me know he found it!!!! They say miracles don't happen but it did, Chris happened. I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to you again buddy. Big Thanks!!!

    Regards,

    Jason

  • I would just like to thank you for finding my ring...
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    I would just like to thank you for finding my ring. Me and my wife were sooooooo happy and without you I wouldn't have this smile on my face right now!! After 30 mins looking I was really starting to think were never gonna find it............ but you did and I cant thank you enough. Such a great guy and I have the utmost respect for you.

    Enjoy the rest of your treasure hunts and if you ever need a sidekick.......... Just give me a shout. ha-ha

    Graham

  • It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. I had the opportunity...
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    It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. I had the opportunity to view the you tube on your Book of Smiles website page. Got a chuckle and a good feeling from the success story of finding my wedding band in the big old ocean. Your professionalism and passion are the keys to your success and the joy of reuniting valuable and sentimental objects with their owners. Thank you for being there when I needed you!

    Best regards

    Craig

  • Again... I would like to tell you how thankful I am for your help. Words can not express my gratitude for finding my ring.
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    I have just finished posting on craigslist and about to send you the testimonial.

    Again... I would like to tell you how thankful I am for your help. Words can not express my gratitude for finding my ring.

    I hope you know that what you're doing is honestly amazing. I wish there were more people like you in the world.

    Good luck on your future searches, and may all the best be with you!

    -Cassandra

    After losing a very sentimental diamond ring my boyfriend gave me, in the snow on new years, I almost gave up hope on ever finding it.

    My boyfriend and I were on our hands and knees in the snow for about 3 hours attempting to find it.

    Finally I decided to post an ad on criagslist, and only one person replied: Chris Turner. He told me about the company he has that helps people find lost jewellery in the snow, water, beaches, etc, and told me he would be interested in helping me out.

    I gave him a call the next morning, and an hour after I talked to him, he drove right out to where I lost the ring and immediately started looking for it. After searching through the snow banks for about an hour, we had no luck.

    It didn't help the situation that snow plows had been through the area quite recently. I did not expect him to come back a few days later to keep searching, or a few days after that. He e-mailed me every time he went back, and kept telling me to have hope.

    I was just about to accept that I'd never find it, when one day he came right to my work and to my great surprise, he was holding my ring! It was in the snow for 21 days, just off the road in a pretty busy area, and he found it. It was amazing. He looked just as happy as I did when he saw my face light up.

    My boyfriend and I are so grateful that Chris took the time, effort and patience to find something so precious to us. The object that is a symbol of our love with so many great memories and meaning behind it, is now safely on my finger.

    It's great to see someone with such a huge heart doing this for people, and getting great satisfaction from it.

    So for anyone that has lost jewellery, I would highly recommend giving Chris a call. If you point him in the right direction, he will surely try his hardest to find what your looking for. You can find his services at http://lostjewellery.com/

    I would really like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    -Cassandra

  • Somewhere in 20cm snow, over a 50 meter area, I knew my ring lay...
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    Thank you so much, Anglea was so happy I wish you had caught her reaction on tape :)

    Here is a testimonial for your website, and as I still feel indebted to you I'm going to make sure everyone I know hears the story and knows about your website. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or your business in the future, I would be only happy to help.

    All the best, you're a good man.

    Cheers,

    -Scot

    The cold weather had brought new snow and without gloves or mittens the loss was almost inevitable. I felt lucky; the neighborhood had rallied around to help me with the search but after a few hours in the blowing snow, with brooms and a child's metal detector, we had to give up. There was just too much snow and this search seemed impossible.

    The snow was likely to stay for weeks and soon snow plows and 'shovelers' would surely make the task more difficult. Without a solution, I thought for a whim I would surf the internet to find out what other people do in similar circumstances.

    One of the first links brought me to the story of a lost ring on the side of a mountain, found by an altruistic gentleman within 5 minutes. A nice ending, but surely this wasn't in the cards for me.

    How likely would it be that a random search would turn up this miracle worker in the same city that I lived in? The man was Chris Turner and as I would later find, very likely.

    It was a quick phone call, the rate would be whatever I could afford and although taken back a bit by this, it was clear he was on his way and that his priority was finding my ring, regardless of the financial outcome.

    We spent a few hours in the cold and snow and at the end of the first day, had done a cursory search of the entire area and more detailed search of over half of it. The second day had brought more of the same; more cold, more snow and combing the second half of the area I knew my ring must have been lost.

    I had resigned myself to call it a loss, Christmas was a few days away, the roads were treacherous and I knew Chris must have priorities other than my ring. We ended the second day empty handed, the snow wasn't stopping and the snow plows had already shifted everything from where it lay the day before.

    Christmas came and went and on Boxing Day I receive a phone call from Chris! He would like to come out and do a follow up call, the snow had been melting and he felt we had a chance to focus on areas that we might have missed such as the nearby foliage.

    I was beside myself; this guy was truly remarkable, he really wanted to help me find the ring and wasn't going to give up until it was found.

    Twenty minutes into the search Chris bends down with an exclamation I hadn't heard yet, he seemed confident something was there and after probing the snow a bit with his bare hands, Chris pulled out my ring from the garden adjacent to the path I had traveled a week earlier!

    If you have found yourself in a similar circumstance, if you believe you might know where something valuable you lost is, then rest assured that these words "If it's there, I'll find it" are spoken with sincerity and conviction from a man I personally know to make them come true.

  • It was the worst Christmas morning when I woke up and realized my engagement ring was gone...
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    I can't tell you how much I appreciate you finding my ring! IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME! :)

    I can officially get married in my originally wedding band....thank you so much! You are an angel sent from heaven! You and Beverly!

    You are one of the few great people in this world! I will be writing you a wonderful testimonial and also when I get married you will be getting a picture in June 2009!!!!!!!!! :)

    What is your home address so I can make sure you get a picture? Also could i ask to have some of the pictures that you took? We are going to be having a slid show and that would be some story to tell!

    Thank you so much Chris and Beverly! You guys are great people! I can't even tell you how much I appreciate everything you did for me! :) Thank you! And hopefully 2009 will be a better year for our family and a happy new year to you! THANKS!

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    It was the worst Christmas morning when I woke up and realized my engagement ring was gone!

    On Christmas Eve we had a family dinner and of course it had been snowing.

    I decided to go outside with my twin nephews and sled and throw snowballs (without gloves on). I knew for a fact when I lost my ring that it had to of happened throwing snowballs.

    On Christmas Day my whole family (including my Father which just had extensive surgery) was outside with a metal detector in about 6 inches of snowing trying to find my ring....no luck.

    We searched and searched up until dark. I am getting married in June 2009 so I absolutely needed to find my wedding ring! I was sick! It was the worst feeling ever, especially when I had to call my fianc

  • I decided to go out with my sister to help shovel the snow...
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    On December 27th, I went over to my parents place to pay my mom a visit while my dad is out of town. My mom was telling me how difficult it was to try to pull in to the drive way and that it took them an hour to get in.

    I decided to go out with my sister to help shovel the snow. I put my gloves on and started shovelling but my gloves just got too wet and kept slipping off so I decided to take them off and put them in my pocket.

    I noticed my rings were still on during this time but yet the thought had crossed my mind that I should take the rings off because they were loose, but I didn't. After shovelling for another 20 - 30mins I looked down at my hands and realized that my rings had fallen off.

    I was in a state of panic, my heart just sank in my chest, I didn't know where to begin. I started digging into the snow with my bare hands trying desperately to find them; I had lost both my Wedding Band and my Engagement Ring!

    These rings meant the world to me, my husband had custom designed my engagement ring so it was definitely one of a kind. It started to get dark and really cold and my mom was starting to get upset with me telling me that its not the end of the world, but for me it was.

    There is so much sentimental value attached to those rings that it would be hard to part ways. My mom and I got into a little argument, she kept telling me to give up and I refused to stop looking.

    After a while it was impossible for me to look in the dark, I tried using the car headlights to guide me threw the pile of snow but after a while I had to give up.

    Soon after I came inside the house, my sister had decided to go on the internet and type in, "I lost my rings in the snow" and suddenly there was this testimonial about some guy loosing his ring up in Cypress and my sister knew if Chris Turner can find this guys ring up in Cypress then he definitely could find my rings.

    I got home later that night and I had finally built up enough courage to break the news to my husband. He didn't believe me at first, he knew that I guarded those rings and that I would have called him the second something happened to them.

    He ran up to our room to check my night stands and shortly came back down and questioned if this was a joke. He saw the look on my face and the tears shortly after and he told me that he will help to find them in the morning.

    Before heading to bed I decided to call Chris Turner but sadly I had received his voicemail, so I left him a message. Chris had contacted me when he came back in from finding someone else's rings in Seattle.

    I didn't get the chance to check my messages so I didn't know that Chris had called me back.

    The next morning, I got up and got ready to head out on the quest to find my rings, my husband was with me, shortly after trying to search for the rings realized it was nearly impossible to go through all of that snow one by one and that it was like finding a needle in a hay stack, so he told me to call Chris again and see if he could come out

    It was comforting to talk to someone like Chris knowing that he wouldn't give up until he found my rings. He came within the hour and started the search. Within 10mins Chris found my engagement ring and my heart just starting beating so fast, I was so excited that I didn't even bother thinking about my wedding band.

    Chris never gave up, the search was on for him to find my wedding band, it took Chris an hour to find both my rings in the snow.

    I was so amazed, this search would have taken me days not to mention the chance that I probably would never see my rings again. After the search, Chris was so concerned for my mom about the snow being thrown onto the driveway that he started to shovel the snow back onto the yard that was so thoughtful of him.

    Chris and his wife were amazing, they made my day, the comforting part was that they were both so genuine and sincere. Chris told me that it was up to us as to how much we could give as a reward considering that Christmas had just passed.

    It was especially comforting to us knowing that Chris donates 15% of all his rewards to Children's Hospital. This really shows his personality and his sincerity towards others.

    Thank you for all that you have done for me Chris, we wish you all the best and trust me when I say that I will recommend you with flying colors to anyone that loses their precious jewellery.

    Avreen Bassi

  • I was beside myself with shock and embarrassment when I lost my white gold wedding band in the snow at Cypress...
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    On a cold December night my car was stuck in the snow by the roadside and I tried to dig the tire out with my bare hands. I realized after a few minutes I had lost my ring. I had a pit in my stomach. I searched without success for two hours that night with a flashlight.

    I called my wife to report the bad news. It was very difficult because the ring is a symbol of our love and there are personal memories associated with it. I returned to search in daylight with a metal detector I rented.

    To my shock, a snow plow had been over the area I lost the ring the night before and had shifted the snow. Finding the ring would be very tough. I searched again for 3 hours but found nothing.

    I posted an ad on Craigslist and got an email from Chris Turner from Finders at lostjewellery.com offering to help. I gave him a call and he assured me that if I could show him the rough area I lost it, he would find my ring.

    We drove up together to Cypress Mountain and he told me stories of reuniting people with lost treasure. It occurred to me that he has a big heart and is motivated to help people.

    I showed Chris the area and I kept warm in the truck while he got out his metal detector and starting searching. It could not have been more than five minutes before he got a signal and started digging in the snow.

    He held my wedding ring up in the air and looked at me with a smile. Amazing! The ring was 7 or 8 inches deep and had been moved by the snow plow about 10 feet from where I thought I lost it.

    I feel so lucky, but I realize my luck was in finding Chris Turner. Chris is the real deal in treasure hunting.

    If anyone can give Chris the rough area of a lost ring and it is still there, he can find it with his high end metal detector.

    I proudly gave Chris a reward and he is donating a portion to charity. Chris is a very gracious and generous person and I realized that Chris is treasure hunting not only for the thrill of the find, but for the enjoyment and the satisfaction of helping others.

    All the best,

    John Pyper

    Vancouver, BC

  • It had been about 6 weeks...
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    ...since my wedding ring fell between the boards, into the water, about three-quarters of the way down White Rock Pier. We had tried to look for the ring ourselves the same day I lost it and in subsequent days when we thought the tide would be low enough, to no avail.

    We heard Chris being interviewed on CBC Radio and checked out his website and called him. Chris was so enthusiastic to take on the challenge that he came out to White Rock the next afternoon. It was a very chilly and windy March day.

    We were skeptical that he would be able to find my ring, not knowing how currents/tides affect the movement of such things. Chris was skeptical too due to the passing of so much time, but his excitement couldn't help but give us some hope.

    It just happened that we were leaving for a trip that afternoon and couldn't meet him down at the Pier. It was only a few days later when I checked our messages that we found out that he had some good news for us.

    I couldn't believe it! He found my ring in about 15 minutes. It was buried about 3 inches below the sandy surface, directly under where I had been standing on the pier!

    Getting my ring back meant a lot to me... the bonus was meeting a wonderful guy who uses his talent and passion to help people out by finding their lost jewellery. The fact that he works on a reward basis is extraordinary.

    The fact that he gives 50% to Children's Hospital is even more special. I had no hesitation in paying Chris what would have been the equivalent of my insurance deductible, had I made a claim.

    The whole experience gave me a larger sense of hope in these crazy times. There should be more people like Chris Turner in this world.

    And he's not too bad to look at either. ;)

    Thanks so much Chris!

    Samantha Hayes

  • When I lost my wedding and engagement rings at Kits beach I was certain they were gone forever...
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    I had taken them off to put cream on my son's legs and quickly chased after him forgetting that my rings were on my lap.

    Within 15 minutes of having lost the rings (which are attached) I realized my mistake and my friend, who had been with me at the beach, and I looked everywhere on the sand to see if we could find them, all to no avail.

    Later that week I called the police (lost property department) and the insurance company to report the lost rings certain that there was no chance that I would ever see them again. Needless to say, I was rather heart broken, since no other two rings could replace my own.

    My friend offered to put notices at Kits beach in case someone had found them, and went to speak to the Life Guards to see if anyone had turned them in but was told no one had done so. One of the Life Guards gave my friend the name, telephone and website of Chris Turner's ...Finders... out of a sense of needing to try every avenue available in the slight chance that the rings could be found, I called Chris.

    When I first spoke to Chris he expressed true-felt regret for my loss, but he was also professional and friendly in our telephone communications. Everything Chris told me about the basis of his contract was perfect: he works on a reward basis (if he didn't find the rings I wouldn't have to pay him anything), I determine how much the reward should be, and one-half of my reward goes to the Children's Hospital foundation.

    Chris checked the tides and concluded the best date and time to go back to the beach in search of my rings. On the day we met, again, Chris was friendly and a pleasure to talk to. As Chris was searching for my rings, I was chasing after my sons, at one point I looked at Chris, saw him stop, bend down, dig into the sand, walk to the water, and raise his hand holding my rings.

    I was simply beside myself with joy. I ran to hug and kiss Chris with as much joy as I did my friends and family on my wedding day! I simply could not believe that he had found my rings. Later Chris told me that the rings were buried about 4 to 6 inches below the surface of the sand.

    The rings had somehow become more and more buried as the days had passed: it had been six to seven days from the day that I lost them until the day that Chris finally found my rings. Chris explained that, contrary to my original belief that the rings would have likely been washed away by the tides, they became more and more buried into the sand as is bound to happen with gold jewellery.

    Not only was Chris true to his word about my setting my own amount for his reward, he even sent me proof of having donated one-half of it to the Children's Hospital. I cannot thank Chris enough for the magnificent job he did at finding my wedding and engagement rings and I hope that others who have lost sentimentally valuable treasures will find Chris to help them recover them.

    Sincerely,

    Iris Turaglio,

    Vancouver, BC

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    When my husband lost his ring in the sand at Locarno Beach on Monday, we were devastated. We searched for about an hour, gently sifting the sand. Nothing was found. With heavy hearts, we left the beach. There was nothing we could do.

    That night I resolved to go back and look for it. In the morning, I packed up my two daughters, threw together a packed lunch, called around for a metal detector and went on my way.

    I searched for two and half hours. Nothing... With half the beach in my kid's clothes, boots and mouths, we left the beach with our heads hanging low.

    I decided to post an ad the next morning on Craigslist to see if anything turned up. If not, maybe someone would see my ad and go out to find the ring for themselves. I never ended up posting that ad. I instead found www.lostjewellery.com.

    Mr. Turner is the man that runs the business. I reviewed his website and was impressed with the testimonials so I decided to send him an e-mail. He called me back soon after and we discussed where the ring had been lost.

    He called me again when he reached the beach to figure out where the ring was....after 20 minutes Mr. Turner called me back. He had found the ring within 1 minute of setting up his equipment. I was so happy!!! Amazed really.

    Then he actually drove to my house in Port Moody (1 hour away from the beach) to bring me my husband's ring!

    I would recommend Mr. Turner to anyone searching for a lost treasure! He has a heart of gold and you can tell by his voice on the phone that he loves what he does!

    Thanks Chris, I wish you all the best in the future!

    Leanne Philbrook

  • I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone who has lost jewellery.
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    I play volleyball at Spanish Banks on Wednesday evenings. A week ago my wife and son decided to meet me at the beach to watch the volleyball games. My wife left the beach before me, and when she got home she realized she had lost her diamond engagement ring.

    We decided that the most likely place she would have lost it was in front of a log on the beach where she had applied sunscreen to my son. I thoroughly searched the sand in this area, but no ring. I thought the ring was probably lost for good. I went to the lifeguard station to report the lost ring and luckily they gave me a Finders pamphlet and said that Chris was the guy to call.

    I called Chris and he agreed to drive for an hour to the beach to try to find the ring, even though he had to be at work at 4:30 am. When he arrived it was after dark and I was still searching with a flashlight. After fifteen minutes of searching with his metal detector, to my amazement he found the ring.

    When I came home with the ring, my wife was astonished and relieved that her ring was back.

    Thanks Chris, you saved the day and earned me many a brownie point.

    I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone who has lost jewellery.

    Like his pamphlet says "It can be found".

    Sincerely,

    Greg Adamson

  • Good Day Christopher. A very special thanks to you in recovering my Gold Celtic Ring...
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    Having spent countless hours trying to locate the Ring in a Strawberry Patch and Ivy Field, and without success, my spirit was beginning to wane if I would ever find my Ring.

    When I met you and discussed your previous successes and finds, I felt there will now be a chance to locate the Ring. Your passion was overwhelming. Even more spectacular was that you found the Ring within 10 - 15 Seconds of beginning your Search Grid.

    I know at the end of the day a ring is just a piece of metal, but one's personal memories and symbolism attributed to pieces of jewellery is 'age old'. They represent far more than fashion.

    Thank-you again for bringing a major smile to my face and adding another good memory for my Ring.

    I will without question recommend you 100%.

    With Much Respect

    Daniel A Lavery

  • Chris Turner of Finders is a real treasure. Believe it or not, it was a cold, snowy day in Vancouver
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    After opening my car door without mittens I shook my freezing cold hands and looked just in time to see my diamond wedding ring flying thru the air into a snow drift. After searching through the snow without success I called my husband in tears.

    He suggested I call a treasure hunter, well, at the very least a guy with a metal detector. After a couple of calls I was given Chris's number and gave him a call. He said he could come out after finishing work that evening, if need be.

    I then embarked on my own search and asked friends and neighbours to join in and after hours of searching with a salad fork and then renting a metal detector, gave up. Chris called at the end of the day and said he could come when his film wrapped but would need to drive across town to fetch his equipment and then drive back to our home.

    He finally arrived well after midnight and within about 3 minutes, managed to find my ring in the same area that all of us had looked a million times. His graciousness was an unexpected pleasure.

    Thank you so much for recovering my precious property!

    Stephanie Goltman

  • Dear Chris, I just wish to say a massive big thank you...
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    ...in any case. Even though the ring wasn't found, I feel I can now rule out the beach. I was definitely wearing the ring on the walk, and now the most likely explanation is that it fell down the toilet (!) I really appreciate all your hard work, and am more at peace now that I know you've searched on my behalf.

    Thanks again, and take care,

    Ellie

  • Mr. Chris Turner is a very extraordinary person. I lost my diamond ring on a beach in Vancouver one night before I flew out of Vancouver back to Austria
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    I read a flyer of a treasure hunter/finder; called this phone number and a couple of hours later Mr. Chris Turner met me on the beach to check the situation. He is very patient, professional & extremely trustworthy.

    I offered €100,-to find the ring. He simply said, well first we find the ring & if we find it & I insist giving some money (out of gratitude) he could give it to charity (fighting cancer - kids hospital). I gave him my address & my phone number & flew off.

    In the next weeks I got a couple of emails from Mr. Turner, He was busy checking with other treasure hunters regarding the ring. Finally after actually 3 month he wrote to me that my ring was found which I had lost in the water!

    So long story short... Mr. Turner put hours & hours of HIS TIME into finding my ring. His reward was not money no... It was the joy he found in making someone happy, because someone got something precious she lost back.

    I feel very honored to get to know Mr. Chris Turner. Wish him & his family all of gods blessing.

    Respectfully

    Andrea Grabner

    -Austria-

  • It was a sad day when I lost my Gold Nugget necklace...
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    It was a sad day when I lost my Gold Nugget necklace that was made from all my old Gold and was refined to 99.99%.

    I was playing baseball in Burnaby, when I left to go home I noticed that I had lost my nugget. I returned to the field and searched on my own for hours and finally gave up.

    Three years later I was casually talking to Chris Turner about his company and what he does for a living. When he told me he treasure hunts I mention that I had lost my Gold nugget.

    He asked me where I lost it and I explained to him which baseball diamond. He knew the place and said he would take a look for me.

    Chris phoned me the next morning 8 a.m. and said he looked all around the bleachers where I told him it could of fell out of my bag. He asked me if there was anywhere else it could have been lost.

    I mentioned I was in the dugout just before I left, he said he would call me back and minutes later he called back to tell me he had found my nugget that was lost for 3 years!

    Chris told me it was less than an inch under the dirt, I was ecstatic the loop was missing but the nugget was intact.

    Hundreds of people had walked on and had been within inches of my nugget for years, and nobody found it.

    It took Chris just 15 minutes to find my nugget, and the strangest part was when I retrieved the nugget from him it had an impression of what looked like a gold miner, panning gold at a stream on the front of the nugget.

    That was never there before? Funny thing is I have heard Chris Turner believes he was a gold miner in another life and that he was killed by a bear while panning for gold at a stream!!!!

    My nugget that had a rough natural finish came out of the ground with a little gold miner panning for gold at the stream.

    Unbelievable really that he found my nugget and that the little man appeared...

    You figure it out!!!! I think he's got somebody helping him on the inside?

    My name is Dale and that's my story, oh and if you've lost something make sure to call Chris...He'll find it!