Mark Rubey, Author at The Ring Finders

Ring lost at Coronado found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Gabby and her boyfriend were here in town visiting and spent the afternoon at the beach in Coronado. After watching the sunset, they started walking off a sand dune and toward the street. Gabby made a sweeping motion with her hand and her gold pinky ring flew off and into the soft sand. They looked for a while and realized they were going to need help locating the ring. A quick internet search brought her to TheRingFinders.com website and my contact information. I soon met them at the location and got the story on how the ring was lost and it’s probable location. I started a grid search and found tons of signals in the expected range of her gold ring, but, all these signal were turning out to be junk. After not finding the ring initially, I asked for the most likely area to start and changed methods. I then started an expanding circle around that spot and within a few minutes, I had Gabby’s ring in my scoop. A pleasure meeting you and thanks for the reward.

 

Ring lost at South Mission Beach found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Robyn was going to play some volleyball, so, she took off her wedding band and engagement ring and tied them to her pants. After the game, she discovered the tie had come loose and the rings missing. The search was on! She, and her husband of 6 months, Alex, and others combed through the sand of the volleyball court, but, all in vain. It just so happened that a former client of mine was walking by while they were searching, and recommended that they call me for help. Alex gave me a call about 5pm, explained the situation, and we made arrangements to meet right away. I arrived about 5 :45, met everyone, and they showed me the likely search area…..mainly the volleyball court, the area around it, and also the path they took to and from their nearby beachfront rental. After several passes on my grid search of one half of the volleyball court, I was just about at the far edge of that area, when I got a nice solid 6 on my Equinox. I stuck the pinpointer into the sand, found the target, and scooped up a handful of sand. Robyn came over to see what my first target was, and she was happy to see one ring in my hand. we then looked down to see the engagement ring sticking up out of the sand. 6pm and all is well! A pleasure to meet you, I hope you had a pleasant visit here in San Diego, and thank you for the reward.

Ring lost at Coronado found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

I got a call yesterday evening from Lauren saying that her husband Craig lost his wedding ring in the sand in front of their bungalow at the Hotel Del Coronado. Just a simple thing as brush sand off his hands caused the ring to come off into the soft sand and disappear. He sifted the sand with his fingers for quite a while, but, came up empty. Being a Saturday night, I didn’t want to wait until the next day to search as that beach gets detected quite often and it might get found by someone who wouldn’t know who lost it, or, wouldn’t want to return it, so, I told them I would head over and search that night. We met up, Craig showed me the search area, and within a minute or so, I got the signal I was expecting. The whole family was happy Dad got his wedding ring back! A pleasure to meet you folks, and thank you for the reward.

 

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Ring lost at Mission Beach Found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Trevor was throwing a football around at Mission Beach with a group of friends when his wedding ring flew off during one of his throws. Nobody saw it land in the dry sand, so, trying to find it was hopeless without the proper equipment and knowledge to use it. Trevor’s friend Matt found my contact information and gave me a call. I gathered my gear and hit the road with my wife so she could circle with the car in case we couldn’t find parking. I contacted Matt when I arrived and soon Trevor and some of his friends met me on the beach. I got the low down on how the ring was lost, the search area, and it’s approximate landing spot. This beach stays pretty clean with all the detectorists these days, so, targets were few and far between. After just a few pieces of foil, a couple of bottle caps and a half dozen passes later, I finally got a solid signal in the range I would expect Trevor’s ring to be in. A night in the dog house averted, and a happy Trevor has his precious back again. Thanks for the reward.

 

Ring lost at South Mission Beach Found!

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Danny was playing volleyball at South Mission Beach Friday afternoon, took his wedding ring off before the game started, and put the ring in his shoe on the sideline for safe keeping. During the day, His gear was moved to a different court for another game. After all the games ended, he headed to his car where he proceeded to grab his ring and put his shoes on. Oh oh, no ring! He retraced his steps and searched both areas, but, no luck. He got online and found TheRingFinders.com and my contact info. He called me Saturday afternoon and we made arrangements to meet the next morning at 7am to do the search. We met early Sunday morning and I searched both areas thoroughly, but, no ring. In fact, I only found one cent and a junk charm in the whole area. It was likely someone had already detected that area sometime between when he lost the ring Friday afternoon, and when I searched Sunday morning. I told Danny that I would keep his lost ring on file and contact fellow club members and other I know who detect that beach and let him know if I get any response. Sure enough, I emailed out his lost ring story to my local detecting club and our vice president Rick answered that he think he found it! Rick sent me a photo of the ring he found at that location on Friday night and it was a dead-on match. Rick and I met Danny Monday morning for the return. Sometimes it takes some teamwork for a successful recovery, but, the results are what counts. Thanks for your help Rick. Danny (on the left in the photo) appreciated that.

 

Family heirloom ring lost at Coronado beach found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Donna was visiting here from AZ, and while enjoying a day at the beach in Coronado yesterday, lost her family heirloom gold and platinum wedding ring in the sand. She had removed her ring to apply lotion, and placed it in her chair pocket. The Chair later got folded…….and well you’ve already have heard that story before! She and friends searched to no avail. She even went out and bought an inexpensive metal detector to conduct her own search, but, after an afternoon/evening thunderstorm that blew through the area making the previously dry sand wet again, the detector just didn’t do the job under those conditions. When my wife and I arrived, we met Donna, got the story, and I was shown the search area they had marked off. That always helps to have a known spot verified by photos taken the previous day. First pass, got a foil signal and that’s exactly what it was. Return pass, same story. Just starting the third pass, and I get a nice strong 16 on my Equinox. I said that this sounds like a winner, and sure enough, after locating it with my pin pointer, I pulled this beautiful ring out of it’s hiding place. Donna was super happy to get this historic ring back before having to leave town on Monday. A pleasure to meet you Donna, and thank you for the generous reward.

 

Ring lost in the bushes found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Dayanne was walking her dog in her apartment complex, when a simple body turn to look behind her, made her gold ring fly off her finger and into some thick bushes that line the walkway (as you can see in the photo). She actually saw the spot where the ring went into the bushes, but, even after clipping away some of the leaves and branches to get access it still couldn’t be located. I initially started with a large coil to hopefully get the depth I needed to locate the ring deep inside, but, it became apparent immediately that another method was needed. I instead put on the 6″ coil and rechecked the area where I could get deeper down inside the bush. I got a nice 15 signal on my Equinox, smiled, and pulled out my pin pointer to poke down into the bowels of this sticker bush. Carefully reaching inside and locating the signal with the pin pointer, I zeroed in on the target. Even so, it was still invisible and took 3 tries to grab it in the dead leaves at the base of the bush. A happy Dayanne put the ring back on her finger. A pleasure to meet you, and thank you for the reward.

Ring lost at La Jolla found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Charles and his wife Yolanda were spending the day at a small beach in La Jolla when a ball flew down from the cliff up above and landed close to where they were sitting. Charles grabbed the ball and while throwing it, his rose gold wedding band flew off and into the dry sand. He search for quite a while without success. An online search brought him to TheRingFinders.com website and my contact info. I gathered my gear and headed to their location. I was even lucky enough to find a parking spot fairly close to where they were. Charles met me up on the cliff and we proceeded to the search area. Maybe 2 minutes later, I get a solid 20 on my Equinox and I mentioned to Charles that it’s probably a zinc cent, or, it could possibly be his ring if it was big enough. Sure enough, it was plenty big! A pleasure to meet you both and thank you for the reward.

Rings lost at La Jolla Shores found

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Helena took off her rings and put them in a pair of shorts she was carrying. While running down the beach, she accidentally dropped the shorts in the dry sand. She picked them back up and continued running down the beach not realizing that her rings had fallen out. When she discovered they were gone, she tried to visually find them by retracing her steps, but, they had sunk out of sight. She lives in another state and had to return home without them. A few days later, she got my contact info and called me and explained the situation. That beach is one of our most detected beaches in the whole area, so, there was always a possibility that the rings had already been found by someone, since it had already been 5 days, but, the search area wasn’t in the most popular areas, so, still a chance. Working by just a map with a large area circled, I knew this might take a while. Helena sent me a photo of the rings on her fingers, so, I had a good visual of what the rings should look like. The two rings she described were a class ring, and a ring with a T shaped top with stones. I headed to the site that night, so I had the place to myself and didn’t have to dodge around people and miss detecting some spots. After about 10 minutes on my first pass, I got a call for a lost set of keys, on the same beach, but, about 3/4 mile away. I went ahead and hiked over to help get the keys, which took about 5 minutes to find. With that lady happy and able to get into her car and take her child and 2 dogs home, I hiked back to my ring search location. Sorry,  I didn’t get any photos of that successful hunt. Everyone was in a hurry, so, it just didn’t happen. It’s now about 10pm. A resumed making passes about 100 yards long and after about another hour, I get yet another pull tab reading and find a 10K gold class ring. Alright, now we’re talking! About a foot away, I get another signal. This time it’s an 18K Tiffany “Love” ring. Hmmm, that wasn’t on her list. Another signal close by and I find another 18K Tiffany ring. Still not a match for the one she identified, but, it looked familiar. I pulled out my phone to take another look at the photo she sent me, and lo and behold, those two rings were also on her hand in the photo! There were 5 rings on her hand, but, she had only mentioned the two. Strange. I continued detecting right around that spot and the next target was the 2nd ring she had described, also an 18K Tiffany ring. One last target and I found the last ring, one with a blue stone…..also 18K Tiffany ring. Wow, what an “Olympic” hunt! 5 rings and 4 of them Tiffany. I texted Helena and asked her if she had just lost two rings, or, all 5. She then admitted that it was all 5, just as I thought. Helena was now happy, but, had to find someone to pick up the rings, as she didn’t want them shipped. Now, a couple of weeks later, a friend of her’s came to pick them up. Thanks for the reward.

 

Ring lost at a San Diego beach Found!

  • de La Jolla (California, United States)

Corey and his family were spending a day at the beach. He put his wedding ring in his pocket for safe keeping, only to discover later that his pocket had a hole in it and the ring was gone! This wasn’t the first wedding ring he’s lost, so, he had to endure another tongue lashing from his wife. a couple of days later, Corey searched online, found TheRingFinders.com website, got my contact information, and gave me a call. We met at the beach about 45 minutes later where he showed me the search area in the dry sand where they were camped last Saturday. I started a grid in the most likely spot and expanded out from there. In about 15 minutes or so, Corey was going to head up to his car, but, at that moment, I got a nice “14” pull tab sound on my Equinox, and out came Corey’s ring from the sand. A happy Corey now gets to go home and move his belongings out of the dog’s house and back in the family’s house! A pleasure to meet you Corey and thank you for the reward.