Engagement Ring Recovered in the Surf

Jessie phoned up last night wondering if I could search for a lost engagement ring in waist deep water at Brighton. We arranged to meet down there today at low tide and after a quick chat I pegged out an area about the size of a tennis court and started detecting.

Detector of choice today was a water proof Tesoro Sand Shark and I finally had the ring in my hand just after an hour.

Here is a pic of this amazing ring back where it belongs on Jessie’s finger.

Engagement Ring


Jessie very kindly sent in a testimonial. Thanks Jessie:

“A HUGE thank you to Shaun for finding my precious engagement ring on Saturday. My husband and I had been throwing a ball to each other in waist deep water at Brighton Beach, when the ball hit my finger and made my wedding band and engagement ring fly into the ocean. As you can imagine, I was totally devastated. My husband managed to find my wedding band, but after running home to grab a mask and snorkel and desperately searching for my engagement ring, we had no luck. I walked home in tears. Later that evening, I typed into Google, ‘lost rings Adelaide’. To my amazement, Shaun’s website appeared with testimonials from many happy customers. I sent him a text and the following day he was kind enough to drop all of his plans and meet me at the beach at low tide. He was professional, kind, patient and thorough. I watched him as he methodically flagged out an area the size of a tennis court and then continued to search the area with his metal detector. I wasn’t hopeful, so you can imagine my absolute amazement and delight when after 30 minutes he yelled, “Jessie, come here”. I ran over and low and behold I heard, “Does this look something like your ring?” And there it was! I was over the moon and if Shaun hadn’t have been in the water, I would have thrown my arms around him and given him the hugest hug ever. Thank you so much Shaun. I’ve told so many people about this story and they just can’t believe it! Your honesty and kindness will never be forgotten. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You deserve to be truly blessed.”


Lost engagement ring found in One Tree Hill Adelaide

Initially this young couple hired a metal detector to try and find their lost engagement ring, however they didn’t have any luck after 6 or so hours searching. I ended up dropping in on them to help out and together we searched the large area on the side of a road for 1.5 hours.

Nothing turned up the first day before it got dark, so I rejoined them the following day and re-searched the area with the Minelab Sovereign GT but no luck.

Eventually I extended the search area to outside what they thought was the possible drop zone and after another hour I found it tucked under some dry grass.

It is amazing just how many lost rings end up being metal detected outside the initial search zone.

This couple were are hard working, diligent, resourceful and very much a dedicated team, they are going to do well and what an amazing smile (and hug) they offered on getting the ring back πŸ™‚

Wearing the ring again
Relieved and happy to get the engagement ring back

Absolutely thrilled that I was able to help them out and return an absolute cracker of a gold engagement ring to this couple πŸ™‚

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Beautiful gold and diamond engagement ring returned

White Gold Engagement Ring Lost and Found in West Beach, Adelaide

A heartbroken Tania phoned me at 3:30 on Australia day after losing her white gold engagement ring at West Beach. The poor thing was distraught and very concerned that the ring was lost forever.

We caught up at the car park at around 4:15 and walked down to the frantically scratched up sand where 2 hours of unsuccessful physical searching had failed to find the ring.

Tania pointed out the rough search area and a few other places it could have landed, and I went to work with the Minelab Sovereign GT. Only a bottle top on the first search grid line, then a great sounding signal on the return grid line. A quick pinpoint with the trusty Garrett Pro-pointer later and I just used my fingers to dig into the soft sand and pull out the really nice engagement ring πŸ™‚

So by 4:30 Tania had the ring back on her finger and the biggest smile I have ever seen. A great result, and less than an hour from phone call to find.

Her quote “Best $75 I have ever spent”

Tania with her engagement ring
Returned ring and huge smile

Lost and found wedding ring in Magill

John from Magill phoned up this morning to see if I could help find his wife’s lost wedding ring. Katherine had lost the ring while gardening in the backyard yesterday and looked online for a hire detector.

The search area was about 10m^2 of lawn, a couple of paths, the green bin and 2 garden beds.

I searched 1/2 of the first garden bed first, then gridded the lawn to take that out of the equation. Next was the other half of the first garden bed (near a steel fence) and that is where I found it. Just tucked under some loose lawn clippings.

Returned wedding ring
Katherine’s returned wedding ring

Both John and Katherine were extremely happy to have the ring back and have contacted the insurance company to cancel their claim πŸ™‚




Katherine with her lost and found wedding ring
Very happy to have her ring back πŸ™‚

Ring lost while gardening found by Adelaide Lost Ring Search

George phoned after he lost his wedding band while gardening in his backyard in Southern Adelaide (Aberfoyle Park). He had been scrambling around in some heavy undergrowth pulling out weeds and had no idea where the ring was lost.

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George’s lost and found wedding band

I started metal detecting the green bin, then the paths he had carried the weeds along. Apart from a small lawn and the green bin, the rest of the search was all along a colourbond fence and a metal shed so it was difficult.

After about 1hr I eventually found it at the base of a tall clump of grass under a shrub right next to the fence. Fortunately the Garrett Pro Pointer can be detuned to detect adjacent metal items like fences.


George had emotionally given up on it, so was very happy and a little surprised to have his white gold wedding ring returned πŸ™‚

Closeup of ring
George’s found wedding ring

Ring found in Oakbank

Andrew phoned up after his brand new wife Christiana lost her platinum wedding ring while taking photos during the reception.

She had walked around 100m down their driveway, climbed through a wire fence (picture this in a wedding dress and pregnant ) and had a series of photos taken in a horse paddock and near a dam.

The search area was fortunately around 1/2 acre on a 10 acre property in lovely Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.

Andrew was keen to help, so I set him up with a backup metal detector (Fisher F2) while I went to work along the fence line, and then into the horse paddock. I finally found it on the third pass in the paddock using the Minelab Sovereign GT and Garrett Propointer.

Lots of smiles and a hug

wedding ring found

Necklace at Henley Beach

For a sunny day today was very quiet then the phone rang with a dropped necklace just north of Henley Jetty. I let dinner go cold and headed down there ASAP. They were quite surprised to see me 30 minutes or so after the call and explained what happened.

He lost it while flicking the towel at the end of the beach session. Fortunately he took a photo of the rocks up on the break water so we had a reasonable idea where he was. The search area ended up being only 20m by about 30m.

lent I started at the wet sand knowing that he wouldn’t have laid in the damp and gridded my way up towards the rocks. I picked up 3 dodgy signals (too deep) and after about 15 minutes detected a nice low (expected) tone on the Sovereign GT.

I had my little wand like Pro Pointer on me, so turned it on and prodded the ground to get a nice strong reaction. Obviously there was something only a couple of inches under the surface of the sand

I just reached over, raked the sand with my fingers and pulled the really nice necklace out of the sand, held it up to show him and was greeted with a massive, relieved smile πŸ™‚

I was even offered a hug

I LOVE this job:)

A little detective work finds the ring without a metal detector

Turned up to a nice house up on Mt Osmond at 5pm today to find a lost wedding band. Introduced myself and had a quick chat for a couple of minutes.

Then at around 5.03 I asked all the heavy questions about what he was doing at the time, where he had been, what was he wearing, is there a chance it is in the car, bin, house, and all that logistic stuff …

5.07 He mentions that he did pick a few bundles of weeds up and moved them around …

I ask if he was wearing gloves ….

5.08 he gets a glint in his eye, walks around side of the house, finds the gloves and pulls the ring out.

All done in 8 minutes without turning using the detector at all


Lost wedding ring found on Brighton Beach

Dom called me on Saturday while I was away on holiday. He had lost his wedding band at Brighton Beach just south of Adelaide on Friday and tried to find it himself after buying a metal detector. Unfortunately he was unable to find it and found me online. I spent about 45 minutes looking in the areas he pointed out then extended the search area a little and found it. A nice gold wedding band found and returned πŸ™‚

Wedding band
Dom’s recovered gold wedding band
Gold Wedding ring recovered
Dom, very happy to have his lost wedding ring back

Great to see Dom and his wedding ring reunited.