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Phone tag to find the Key Fob owner in Kelowna.

  • from Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)

Friday night I received a phone call from a fellow detectorist, who asked if I could assist a lady with a lost key Fob. He gave me the ladies number, but the  group of ladies stranded could not identify the park where they where at, they forwarded me on to their Aunt from Edmonton. By the time we figured it out it is was dark, I told them I would be there the next morning.  Saturday morning I got there at 7am, without any specific location, just by the parked red Mazda, sand or maybe the grass? I started gridding the sand, and after 30 minutes I had the Car Fob. I phoned the Aunts number, phone not in use, so I called the initial detectors request, and he did not know, but his brother did, I called his brother who contacted the lady and said she would call me back. Her friends turned up and sure enough it was their Key Fob. They started the car and drove it to the owner. Key fobs are expensive to replace, especially with the car stranded.

Lost White Gold Wedding Band at Hale Koa Beach Waikiki…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)

This ring find began when I got a text from Brittany who was on vacation from Dallas Texas.  Her text said she got my info from Don my fellow ring finder on Oahu and said her husband Michael lost his white gold wedding ring on Hale Koa Beach in the dry sand.  I told her I was getting off work soon and would grab my gear and head right down.  I told her I would come down the board walk and just flag me when I came in sight.  When I arrived on location Michael was already removing beach items from the search area and showed me the area he thought the ring would be.  I fired up the « Beast » my Manticore off course and started the hunt.  My first target screamed a « 36 » and in one scoop there was Michael’s precious Tacori white gold wedding ring.  Brittany asked if that was my fastest recovery and i said, « No, I actually turned my detector on at Turtle Bay and the ring was under my coil.  But this for sure is second quickest!!!  They sincerely thanked me and I wished them well on the rest of their vacation.  Aloha to Michael & Brittany!


Experience Counts

  • from Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)

I got a call from Lake Country BC, a one hour drive away, the gentleman told me he had lost his 18k yellow gold and ruby ring that his wife presented to him years ago. He hosted his sons wedding in his back yard around the pool, and lower patio area last Fall, he lost the ring removing lighting from around the pool. He had photographs from the patio showing that he had the ring before the lights removal, he suspected it was in the Basalt rocks around the patio, below where the lighting was, he thought it probably came off during the removal. His search had no results, I told him would respond the first good weather day. Yesterday was that day, I spent almost 2 hours gridding the area, and advised him the I was convinced that it was not there,  he responded that I was probably his last resort. I told him stories of past recoveries where the lost item often turned up the trash bags where leaves etc had been placed, and suggested he take down his packing boxes where he stored the lights and search them, he agreed and said that was also his plan. That evening he called to say he had found the ring, and thanked me for my time and travel, and that I was his inspiration to take down the boxes and search them,  his last hope was the boxes.


Lost White Gold Men’s Wedding Band in the Snow Found in Garden City Michigan

  • from Detroit (Michigan, United States)

A Ruff Day…..

..Actually began for Travis Tuesday night when he took his dogs into the back yard and started to play in the snow. Toys were thrown and fetched and then snowballs tossed for the hounds to catch. After the wonder-fur time and frosty paws, with tails wagging the dogs went back into the house for the night as Travis shoveled snow off the deck. Early Wednesday, I got a text explaining that his ring was lost. I started to grid search with my MXT metal detector and got some junk signals but near the garage the detector signaled precious metal. Brushing the snow aside revealed Travis’ ring! He came over, we pawsed for a moment looking at it then he lifted the ring from the snow. Also very happy with the pawsitive outcome of the search, the dogs gave 4 paws up on the ulti-mutt recovery…….if you’re happy and you know it, clap your paws!



One Cooooool(d) Find! Lost key fob – Found in Harrison City, PA (near Pittsburgh)

  • from Indiana (Pennsylvania, United States)

Lost your ring, other valuable jewelry, cellphone, keys, or other metal object…call or text Brian Carpenter at (814)244-2300 as soon as possible. I am a ring recovery specialist serving Pittsburgh, Indiana (PA), and most of Western PA. Why rent a metal detector when you can get a trained operator with top of the line equipment at the same time…

I received a text from Brenda asking if I could look for her key fob which was lost in the snow. Her husband had been shoveling the driveway the day before and it fell out of his hoodie pocket. She did know if it was in the snow around the driveway or down in the sewer at the end of the driveway.

It was a balmy 18 degrees on the car thermometer when I arrived…almost warm enough for shorts and to work on my tan. I got straight to work and did not find much of anything…a piece of foil, a paperclip, and some type of tiny pieces of what looked like a chain but no key fob. The driveway was a problem as there metal all around the perimeter, so much so that I set down the machine and took out my pin pointer and checked the entire area with it.

After about an hour Brenda came out and was very disappointed I was unable to locate it. We talked for a few minutes and I told her at some point they might find it after the snow melted if it was not in the sewer. As we were talking she informed me with that being the only key fob for the car the dealership would have to remove the computer to make a new key and it was going to be an eye-popping amount of money. She thanked me for coming out and gave me my travel fee and a bit extra (very kind but not necessary). I decided that on my way out I would look one more time…I made it back up to the area of the steps that lead to the side of the house where I had found the foil earlier. I had another sound, guessing it was more foil I reached back in. Low and behold I found the key fob.

I went to the porch and rang the doorbell and returned the key fob to Brenda. I was relieved to have found it which would save her a pile of money and aggravation and she was just so thankful. I am glad I checked again and I had thought I had done a very thorough search prior to finding it, but I had to remind myself of one of the cardinal rules of metal detecting – always go back over your hole to make sure there is nothing else in it. I guess that holds true even in the snow! I was happy to be able to help and as always it was nice to meet another kind and generous person like Brenda.

Two months till the wedding! Ring found

  • from Auckland (New Zealand)

I was contacted by Jackson whose fiancé Joleigh lost her engagement ring while swimming in the shallows at Muriwai beach, West Auckland.
The ring is an 18crt white gold diamond ring with greenstone. It is a special ring as it was crafted especially for her.
Muriwai beach is an iron sand beach that make most metal detectors almost useless, but after advice from another member of our group I was able to get past some of the problems and start a search in the shallows by the rocks.
After 10 minutes and only a bottle cap, Jackson and Joleigh arrived and redirected me to a spot further up the beach.
I marked out the area to search and as I walked I heard almost nothing. Then I heard a familiar sound so I beckoned them to come over and take look.
I dumped a scoop of sand out
I bent down and worked my pinpointer through the sand hearing it beep, Jackson pointed and said I think I see it.
It was so good to see it for the first time, finding a ring like this on an iron sand beach is quite an accomplishment for me.
In two months they can be married and be happy knowing they have their ring.

Lost Ring? Things To Think Of To Get Your Ring Back (Kingston Ontario)

  • from Kingston (Ontario, Canada)

If You Lost Your Ring? What can you do?

  1. Retrace your steps.
  2. lost your ring at home? Tidy up each room you were in before you noticed it was missing.
  3. Check unusual places. (Like the shower, Or sink drains all over the house) check coat pockets, gloves, hand bags, sweaters and laundry machines, inbetween couch cushions, ect…
  4. For a diamond ring or jewelry item, try turning off the lights and Use a flashlight. Diamond’s will reflect like a mirror when light hits it.
  5. Take a break from looking, re-group, and think about something else (if at all possible) often the place you put your item will come to you when you take your mind off of worrying about it for a while, maybe Ask a friend to lend a fresh pair of eyes to your search.
  6. If your ring is insured, and before you decide to file a claim, call your local Ring Finder specialist.

If you have not heard about The RingFinders, now’s the time to find one closest to you.The is a directory of metal detecting specialists with a passion and knowledge for metal detecting. Chances are there is one in your area that you were not completely unaware of.

Ryan and I can be found on the directory, we are detecting specialists with a passion for finding lost items such as cell phones, car keys, and yes, even engagement and wedding rings, or any jewelry for that matter.

Regardless wether you lost your ring at home, or in public, there are some steps to take in order to try and recover your lost item.

  1. Don’t wait to act & remember, the longer you wait the more lost your item becomes.
  2. Retrace your steps. It is important to try and remember as much detail as you can about the time you think you lost your item. (The success rate to find lost items are much higher within the first 24 to 48 hours in our experience, although finding lost items can be found even after several years has passed, however take note that the success rate is much lower in these cases.)
  3. You may wish to contact your local police station, jewellers and pawn shops. Someone may have already turned it in.
  4. If you know about The Ring Finders? Do not hesitate to call us. We love to help & this is what we do.
  5. Lastly if you have exhausted all of the above and still no luck? Replacing a lost ring is a lot easier when you don’t need to pay for it out-of-pocket if all else fails? & If your item is insured, then you can file a claim. I know this doesn’t help to replace the sentimentality of a specific item such as an engagement, or wedding ring, but at the very least the piece itself may be able to get replaced.

So, How much does it cost to hire our services through ?

“Based on our services”.

Whether at home, the park, the beach, swimming, hiking, or almost any other outdoor activity you can think of. If you loose a significant or sentimental piece of jewelry? Then consider contacting us, your RingFinders metal detecting specialists


Our detecting service usually work on a reward type basis. Yes we do have a small, non negotiable $40 call out fee. On top of that call out fee, we will work on either a percentage, hourly, or even a reward basis if your item is found and returned.

So what happens if an item cannot be recovered.?

In this scenario, all you would pay for, would be the call out fee of $40, again this is based on our service.

What does the $40 get you.

1st & foremost, the call out fee gets a professional metal detecting specialist to the location where you believe you lost your item.

2nd – we will be brining equipment with us to help assist with the recovery. In many cases we will have somewhere in the range of $1K to $3K in equipment and can be significantly more for water recoveries.

3rd – and even more importantly than brining all the actual gear needed to help find your lost item, we will be bringing years of experience to know how to use the equipment to help recover an item that you are unable to find yourself.

Also remember that we may very well have some distance to travel in order to get to you even before any searching begins. We cover a large area with Kingston being our central location.

I know for Ryan Pugh & I, we will often travel in excess of an hour or more in 1 direction just to get to a clients location. With many successful recoveries. Both Ryan and I will often attend a search together. We do not double the “call out fee” to have both of us on site, even though the customer is getting double the value of the service. So the $40 is to cover expenses and our time that we incur just to get to you so we can help recover an item that we did not loose to begin with. Hence the non negotiable “call out fee”.


If the item is recovered and returned, then a reward should be discussed prior to either of us even leaving our home so that there are no surprises to either party involved once the item is found. We will do our best to work within your budget. We will be asking you several questions to get as much information as possible including what the lost item is worth to you if we should be successful & happen to find it for you?

We are apart of this great organization called The RingFinders, & are here to help. So if you’re in need of a detecting specialist, then don’t hesitate, give us a call today, you’ll be glad you did.

Video of a ring recovery

Lost Platinum Ring in the Snow Found in Grand Blanc Michigan

  • from Detroit (Michigan, United States)

Platinum Deposit…..

…..When Adam called me asking if I wanted to go prospecting for platinum, I said sure but was not aware of any platinum deposits in Michigan. Further clarification determined that he lost his ring in the snow somewhere while cleaning the ice and snow off his car. Upon arrival I noticed chunks of brown colored ice that was in piles from being plowed/shoveled. Using my MXT metal detector I started a grid search where the vehicle was parked. I kept getting bad junk metal signals from somewhere in the asphalt, so I just ignored them as I knew the platinum would sound better. Slowly circling a particular area, I got a nice solid signal near some ice chunks. Reaching down thru some revealed his platinum deposit stuck in one. When I said I hit the motherlode Adam couldn’t believe that the ring was in that area. Thrilled that his ring was found I said that if he ever does come across another platinum deposit, I know a guy who can help recover it!



Lost Gold Ring Found in the Snow in Ferndale Michigan

  • from Detroit (Michigan, United States)


…He pushed it real good and after the car was rockin’ a bit, it finally was unstuck from the snowbank. After Peter climbed back in and shook off the snow he and the wife continued with their errands. Upon arriving home with a sore shoulder, he settled in for the evening and enjoyed a warm meal. Shortly into that meal he noticed his wedding ring missing. Learning that they went to their storage unit during the snowstorm in Detroit area, I told him to chill out, if you catch my drift and I’d be out shortly. After checking their storage unit and where he carried in the groceries with no luck, the only spot left was where the car got stuck. Noticing that a plow had beat me to the location I used my MXT metal detector to search a few hundred feet along the gutter then I searched the curb strip area between the sidewalk and curb.  A few feet in I got a great signal and a meter reading that made sense with his ring type and size. Pinpointing down a few inches and brushing the show and ice chunks aside revealed his thick gold wedding band! I pointed down to the ring and he said, what!? I said this is snow joke man it’s your ring! After picking it from the snow we both agreed that it was a thaw-some recovery as he started to sing fr-eeze a jolly good fellow!




Lost Gold, Sapphire & Diamonds Engagement Ring at Makua Beach…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)

This ring find began when I got a text Monday from Nicole who was on Oahu for a vacation with her brother Kevin.  Nicole is from Connersville, Indiana.  Nicole said she found myself online and wanted to know if I had any availabilities this week?  She lost her Gold, Sapphire & Diamonds Wedding and Engagement Rings on Makua Beach in the dry sand.  She spotted her Wedding Band but the Engagement Ring eluded her.  They rented some Metal Detectors locally but that brand doesn’t work in a salt water environment.  Giving up after a fruitless noisy search is when they found me.  The weather has been extremely rainy and we were hoping for a break to hunt properly.  That break happened this morning and Nicole and her brother Kevin were able to meet at Makua Beach to show me the area to hunt.  Nicole guarded our vehicles « high crime area » and Kevin led me down to the beach.  Kevin drew a box in the sand where they believed the ring would be and I fired up the Manticore to begin my search.  OMG immediately the Beast was overloading on the massive amount of metal trash in the sand.  This had been a homeless encampment and the trash was heavy.  I tuned down the Manticore and decided only to hunt low tone shallow targets.  Still plenty of interference but I worked thru it the best I could.  I was praying I didn’t ignore the ring target when suddenly I got a loud #17 shallow target and as I retrieved the scoop I got a glimpse of a pretty blue stone.  I shook the scoop gently and Nicole’s beautiful ring came into view.  I shouted over to Kevin, « Got it! »  he was shocked first that I even found the ring and then under ten minutes.  We snuck up on Nicole seated in the car and showed her the results.  Obviously she was overwhelmed with joy and was very thankful for the recovery.  Not that a young lady ever ends up in the dog house….Nicole told me she could now tell hubby but with a sense of peace.  Enjoy the rest of your vacation and a very warm Aloha to Nicole and Kevin!