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Lost and found diamond engagement and wedding rings at Buffler’s beach Ontario

Received a text bright and early this morning about a young lady having lost both her rings yesterday. Oli and his wife Selam were at Buffler’s beach yesterday, enjoying a beautiful day until disaster struck. While playing volleyball in the water, Selam felt both her diamond engagement ring and wedding band fly off her finger, when hitting the ball while being about knee deep in the water. This happened at noon. They frantically searched till 7PM with no luck. After a few of my usual questions, I headed to the beach and met with them. With Selam standing where she thought the rings came off, I started gridding the area and within 40 minutes or so, was able to locate both rings for her. The rings were actually about 25 feet away due to the swinging motion while hitting the ball and only about 1 foot apart laying in the sand. She was so genuinely happy and very emotional and, after some tears, asked for a hug which I gladly shared with her. Lovely young couple and so happy I was able to reunite them with their lost rings. Life is great!!!

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.

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 ring in the snow (Found) Kingston Ontario. (2024)

  • from Kingston (Ontario, Canada)

At approximately 8:15PM on January 8th 2024 James had received a call from another RingFinder member by the name of Stephane Coutu in regards to a man by the name of Mohammad, residing in Kingston Ontario, who had just lost his tungsten ring in the snow and was wondering if I would be able to go and help recover the lost ring. Stephane gave me the gentleman’s contact information to reach out to him.

I immediately reached out to Mohammad and told him I would be available the following day in the afternoon to go and help.

After looking at the weather I realized that there was another heavy snowfall expected to arrive sometime overnight and was expected to continue for several days. This would pose a problem for the recovery as I knew that city plow trucks and sidewalk machines would be out in full force and may cause the ring to be more difficult to find by the time I was able to make it over to help Mohammad recover his ring.

I reached out to my ring recovery partner, and now fellow RingFinder Ryan Pugh to see if he was available to go over immediately to help Mohammad out? Thankfully Ryan had his equipment charged up and ready to take on the task.

Ryan called Mohammad and was heading out his door to go meet with Mohammad at exactly 9:27PM that night. at 9:57PM, I received a text from Ryan saying the customer had his ring back.

A quick message to Mohammad revealed he was very happy to have someone get to him so quickly, & thanked me for getting someone out so quickly to him.

Mohammad’s Ring in the snow

Sorry about the pic but the lighting was poor and apparently Ryan’s hands were frozen after this recovery. Here is a link to a a video (short) of Ryan’s recovery.

Welcoming A New Ring Finder

  • from Kingston (Ontario, Canada)

Hi folks, I wanted to take a quick minute to let people know that I have partnered up with a good friend, wicked ring finder, and all round good dude, Ryan Pugh.

Ryan Pugh

Ryan started detecting around the same time I did, (just a few short years ago) As we all know the learning curve to knowing one’s machine can be a daunting task. Many hours spent digging trash, & trying to understand what your machine is trying to tell you. We know it takes time to understand how to detect properly, efficiently, and professionally.

Now after a few years have gone by, both Ryan & I have the confidence in our abilities to help people find their lost items, and have done so successfully on several occasions.

Both Ryan & I have been detecting every chance we get when we are not working, or have family obligations (speaking from my personal experience of course), life can get very busy at times.

Over the past year (2023) I have taken Ryan on several of my ring finder expeditions. Considering we hunt fairly often together, which in turn has resulted in Ryan coming, and helping on several of my ring finder hunts.

Ryan expressed a real interest in helping people recover items they themselves had lost, & yet, could not find. He has expressed interest in joining The RingFinders all season.

Recently with working shift work, going back to school “for work”, running a local metal detecting club, taking care of my 2 year old son, & making time for my wife & family, I have found that although I have been able to attend most of the requests that have come my way, I find I have been calling on Ryan fairly often to help out with some of my recoveries.

Ryan has been outstanding, not only has he been willing and able to take on each request, he is always at the ready to drop what he’s doing to go help someone in need. And that’s not all, Ryan’s success rate is very high to date. I have called on Ryan to make sure our clients get the quick, reliable, & professional service they deserve.

Working as a team this past year has worked out not only to our benefit, but to our customers benefit as well. Therefore it only seemed logical to make it official and team up with Ryan here on The Ring Finders to ensure our areas get the best service possible for any potential future clients.

“Thanks Ryan Pugh, and I look forward to seeing how collaborating as a team will work out for us in our RingFinding adventures”, also, Welcome to the largest team of RingFinders on the planet.

Pittsburgh Metal Detecting Service – Found Wedding Band – Apollo, PA

  • 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 a client who stated her husband had lost his wedding band in a field by their house. We spoke on the phone and set up a time for me to come out. It sounded like a pretty standard search, this time of year I worry about the amount of daylight I have when I go out in the afternoon. There were two things about this search that struck me…one was the ring was stainless steel and the other was this was one house away from a previous client.

So as with all of our searches there are the stories that go along with them and this one was pretty cool. First, it wasn’t my previous client that recommended me, it was her grandma…I got a nice chuckle out of that (Thanks Gram!). Secondly, was the story about the ring and why it was made of stainless steel. Jocelyn’s father was a machinist and he made the ring. Then I was informed that the pastor who married them had passed away and that their wedding was the last marriage that he blessed. So therein was the story behind the ring, the special extras that make this wedding ring extra special!

Next came the ride in the side by side, now I was getting a bit nervous. I thought this was going to be by the house but then we were driving up into a huge farm field across the road. On the way up Johnny explained he was tossing pumpkins in the field when he felt the ring slip off. He said it slid off when he was moving his arms backwards. He dropped me off and I marked my starting point with my shovel and a large tree limb I pulled from the wood line. I searched for a long time back and forth, when suddenly I realized – it is hunting season dummy, where is your orange…too late. I hoped my bright blue hat would be enough that I wouldn’t be confused with a big buck.  Then I found the pumpkins he tossed further out from where he left me off. I also found a large stainless steel nut they had tossed in the field when they had been looking with a metal detector. I picked it up and put it in my pocket for later. So daylight was waning and I started getting more nervous and was planning in my head for coming back out on Sunday to look again. I took a break, got out my phone and said the St. Anthony prayer for lost items. Then I put my phone away and got back at it, this time picking up the pace. I decided I would quickly search below my starting point. So I began going the other way from the tree branch I placed as my marker and within about 3 passes BAM…I found it (Thanks St. Anthony). It was starting to get dark and a huge sense of relief set it. I gathered up all my things and walked back down to the house. I sent a text saying I was done. Johnny came back and he was guessing I did not find it. Before letting the cat out of the bag, I told him that I did find something and handed him the big stainless steel nut. Then I told him there was something else and returned his ring. He was convinced I hadn’t found it and gave up because it was dark; so he was surprised and happy to have his ring back. It was great to meet more kind and generous people like Johnny and his wife and keeps me looking forward to the next client(s) and the next find.


Lost Ring Found! Greer, SC

  • from Greenville (South Carolina, United States)

Greetings all,

My name is Chad Crowe and I am one of the newest members of The Ring Finders serving the Greenville and Upstate areas in South Carolina. If you have lost a precious item (phone, keys, jewelry, hearing aid, etc.) that you would like recovered please do not hesitate to contact me. During a recent exploration at East Riverside Park in Greer, South Carolina I discovered a wedding band. If this is your ring and you could tell me a little more info about it, I would be happy to return it to the owner at the cost of you being added to the « book of smiles ». I am sure it has more sentimental value than it’s worth value. Every ring has a story, please don’t let this one end with me.

Thanks for reading,

Chad C.


14k wedding Ring Lost and Found at UBCO

  • from Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)

Got a phone call from Nanoose, Harry a professor at UBCO lost his 18k gold wedding band 3 days ago throwing a football at UBCO. I responded right away in Kelowna, and met his secretary who directed me to the area where he lost it. His football partner also came to show me, I worked that area with no luck, then started to grid the location. After 30 minutes of gridding, I found the ring that once again had been stepped on into the ground.   Another Happy Customer.

Lost and found Seiko dive watch in Halliburton Ontario

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

Received a text from Ian last week about him having lost his dive watch at the cottage. While swimming, he felt the watch come off his wrist and watched it sink in about 20+ feet of water. Unable to snorkel that deep to find his watch, he asked if I could come and dive and find it for him. Headed out to long lake, near Haliburton with my diving partner Larry. Within minutes, the watch was located and even a pair of sunglasses he had previously lost. Sadly, Ian could not be there during recovery. Another great day and recovery.






Lost and found gold diamond engagement ring at Sandbanks Provincial Park Ontario

  • from Cobourg (Ontario, Canada)

Received a phone call from Anna about having lost her diamond engagement ring while at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Luckily, they were still at the park and we met up within the hour. Anna had secured her ring on her gold chain, not wanting to loose it. She was in the water with friends, playing in the waves with her floaty and figured that is where the ring was lost. Once they returned to their beach chairs, she noticed that her chain clasp was open and her chain was just dangling around her neck with the diamond ring missing. I started gridding the large area before the sandbars would swallow her ring due to high winds and waves. After an hour or so, and in need of a break, I headed back to where they were sitting. She asked if she could try my machine around where they were sitting while I rested. Having put the headset over ears, I started to swing the coil a couple of times to show her how to do so. Right away, she said she could hear a loud signal. Brushed away a bit of sand and she saw the glitter of gold. It was her beautiful diamond ring. Her reaction was priceless as she was so upset about having lost her ring. Another great recovery on a beautiful day at the beach. Life is good.