Sentimental Ring Recovered On Football Oval

August 14th, 2011 by Brad Lovell

Last week I received a text message from Cameron, his girlfriend had lost a special ring he had bought for her while playing soccer. After a quick phone call to Cameron, it turned out that his girlfriend had actually lost the ring 3 weeks earlier. And she did not know when or where the ring fell off. I mentioned to Cameron that in these circumstances there is a very low chance of recovery. Anything could have happened to a ring laying on an oval for 3 weeks, including someone picking it up, or a ride on lawn mower collecting it. Cameron knew the chance of recovery was slim, but he asked me to search for the ring anyway so he knew he did everything humanly possible. I drove to the oval at Asquith (near Horsnby about an hour drive north of Sydney) the following day, and began the slow methodical search. To my surprise after an hour and a half of searching, I heard a signal and as I looked down I could see the ring hiding at the bottom of the grass. I called Cameron to tell him the good news.

Wedding Ring Lost In Coogee Garden

July 14th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

I got a phone call from Kim in Coogee. Kim figured he may have lost his wedding ring while working in the garden. I told him I would be happy to come over with my metal detecting equipment and help. First thing I noticed when arriving at Kim’s house was the power lines directly above the garden. Even after turning the power settings to a minimum, the proximity of the electrical interference was too much for my trusty detector. I decided to try my underwater detector instead, this seems to be more stable around electrical interference. It too was very unstable, but more usable than the other detector. Thankfully Kim’s wedding ring did not put up too much of a fight, about 10 minutes later I found the ring sitting on top of the soil under a plant.

Wedding Ring Lost in Graveyard (Ryde)

July 13th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Ring Lost At Field Of Mars Cemetery Ryde

I received a phone call from Annie, a very polite lady who had lost her late father’s ring while visiting his grave at the Field Of Mars Cemetery at Ryde. Annie was throwing flowers off an embankment into the bushes below. While doing so, her dad’s gold ring fell off her fingers and into the bushes below. This proved to be a tough job, with the ring being much further away than expected. Thanks to Annie’s mum who was able to meet me at the Cemetery, and  was also very excited and emotional to have her husbands ring back in possession.

Lost Wedding Ring Recovered In Croydon Backyard

July 13th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Lost Wedding Ring at Croydon (Sydney’s Inner West)

Madelaine lost her wedding ring somewhere in her backyard.

From memory this ended up being a quick 15 minute job, with her beautiful diamond wedding ring found hiding in the grass.

Madelaine, it was great meeting your family, and thank you kindly for a reward even though this was an simple job, it is very much appreciated.


Lost Gold Watch At Pymble

June 27th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

I drove out to Pymble in the hope of finding Lyn’s lost gold ladies watch. This is one of those stories where the watch was on Lyn’s wrist at the start of the day, but by the end of the day it was no longer there. After retracing her steps, Lyn figured the most obvious place for the watch to be hiding would be in her gardens. Both Lyn and her family had checked the area thoroughly with no luck. I too spend a good 2 hours searching for the watch to no avail. Fingers crossed that the watch does turn up one day. It is not unusual for them to reappear in the most unusual places.

59 Year Old Wedding Ring Lost In Yard

June 26th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

This is a story of 2 men, and a lost wedding ring. John Taylor is a Hawkesberry Barrister who spotted his friend Terry frantically searching the front yard. John stopped his car and asked Terry if he needed any help? Terry mentioned he had lost his wedding ring, a ring he had been wearing for 59 years. Terry had given up hope finding the ring, but John being the persistent and generous man he is decided to hire a metal detector from Kenards. They spent some time searching for the lost ring with the hire detector, but we’re overwhelmed with the constant signals the detector was picking up. John, still not giving up hope did some research on the Internet and found my website. After a quick phone call I told him I would be happy to help out. We organised a day and I drove out to Windor (about an hour plus drive north west of Sydney)… This is where I met Terry and Nancy, a lovely couple who had been married for almost 60 years. After meeting the couple in person, this made me want to find their lost wedding ring even more. Terry was not sure where the ring had dropped off his finger, as he had spent time in various places throughout his front and back yard. I asked Terry, if he had to guess a spot where he feels the ring might be, where would it be?? He mentioned a spot in the garden where he had been pulling out the roots of an old palm tree. I started detecting that particular area, and in about 1 minute I had pulled Terry’s wedding ring out of the dirt. Terry and his wife Nancy we’re rightfully happy to have the ring back in their possession. The local Windsor paper published an article on the story which John kindly mailed to me :) I love my job!

Enagement & Wedding Ring Lost at St Ives

March 21st, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Last Friday I was called out to St Ives (North of Sydney) to help Sue search for her lost wedding and engagement rings. Sue had felt the rings slip off her finger while she was throwing an exercise ball at a local park. Sue and her personal training group all tried searching for the rings, but the thick grass had made recovery impossible without the use of a metal detector. A few hours after Sue contacting me, we met up in the park to begin searching for the lost rings. It only took 2 or 3 swings of the metal detector before I received my first target. The detector gave off a reading similar to a piece of foil.. but as most experience detectorist’s will know, this is indeed the signature of the precious metal platinum. After parting the grass, I spotted Sue’s diamond engagement ring.  I plucked the ring out of the grass and handed it over to a now very happy Sue, and continued the search for the wedding band. Surprisingly,  both rings we’re not in the same spot.. with the wedding band being a couple of meters away. Both rings had now been returned to their rightful owner :) Sue, it was nice to meet yourself and little boy. Also thank you kindly for a reward, even though this turned out to be a quick job.

Platinum Ring Recovered In Back Yard

March 10th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Last week I got a call from Alex who lost his platinum wedding band in his backyard at Greenwich (a suburb close to St Leonards on Sydney’s lower North Shore). Alex was hanging a tarp on the clothes line when he felt the ring slip off his finger. After many hours of searching for the lost wedding ring, Alex decided to call for my services. I figured this should be a 5 minute job, but as it turns out I would be very wrong. The moment I turned on my metal detector, the thing went crazy. I couldn’t work out why? I was looking around for power lines, and figured their could be underground power cables. After tuning the detector so it was somewhat usable, I finally worked out why it was spluttering. Not far away was a 170 meter tall television transmission tower. This was playing havoc with my equipment. I searched the area for about 3 hours with no success. Greenwich is only a 5 minute drive from my house, so I mentioned to Alex I would come back the following day. Next day I arrived and began the search again. We figured the ring had fallen into the leaves of some small trees near Alex’s clothes line. I had spent the previous day shaking the trees, and trying to swipe the detector through the leaves for a signal. That night Alex also tried searching the trees with a torch, looking for any reflection from the platinum ring. By the time I reached the tree line, I received a signal on the ground. After investigating the signal, there is was. Alex’s elusive platinum wedding ring! It was definitely not in that spot the previous day… perhaps the ring dropped from the leaves after Alex’s search the previous night? Anyway, I called Alex with the good news, his lost platinum wedding ring was no longer lost :)

Lost And Found, Gold Wedding Ring Gordon

March 3rd, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Yesterday I drove to Gordon, (about 30 minutes North of Sydney) to help Bruce locate his lost gold wedding ring. Bruce had been removing leaves from his pool filter, and throwing them into the bushes below. He felt the ring slip off, but could not find the ring amongst the leaf foliage. I arrived with my metal detector and started scanning the area. After a few false signals I had managed to recover Bruce’s lost gold wedding ring, which was hiding in a layer of dirt underneath the leaves. As you can see from the photo, this is quite a unique gold wedding ring.  It was nice meeting Bruce, and is always a pleasure to have the occasional fast and hassle free recovery :) Although as punishment for having a quick and easy job, I managed to get a leach attached to my leg. This was my first leach attack…and I stupidly just ripped it off (ouch!) Every job offers a new experience.

Toddler Loses Wedding & Engagement Ring In Yard

March 2nd, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Last week I was called out to Waroonga, a beautiful suburb about 50 minutes north of Sydney. Belinda had noticed both her wedding and engagement rings missing, and was told by her daughter that her one and a half year old toddler was last seen playing with the rings in the front yard. After an extensive search for the rings, Belinda decided it was time to call me in for the job. Belinda was in the process of having her yards excavated so I needed to find these rings before they we’re lost forever. Both Belinda and her daughter pointed me to the area that little Jack was last seen playing with the rings. After beginning my search in the obvious areas, I decided to grid search the entire front yard to no avail. This was confusing, how far could a 18 month year old boy throw two rings? I asked Belinda if I could check the backyard, which was half excavated. After about 10 minutes of searching the backyard, I recieved a signal with the metal detector within inches of where old grass had been dug out, and new soil laid. I couldn’t believe it, it was Belinda’s wedding ring. As I bent down to pick it out of the dirt, I eye balled the diamond engagement ring hiding not far beside it. Both the rings we’re sitting withing inches of where the bulldozer had stopped digging. This was definitely Belinder’s lucky day! As you can see by the smile in the photos, Belinda was incredibly happy and relieved to have her sentimental rings back on her finger. Belinda, thank you so much for your honesty and kind reward! It was also nice meeting yourself, kids and Fudge the Labrador :)

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