Losing your favourite piece of jewellery sucks. Losing your wedding ring: That's a nightmare. You could always rent a metal detector and sweep the area yourself, but The Ring Finders, a group of jewellery-finding enthusiasts, are better equipped to help you find your lost jewellery.
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The Ring Finders is a volunteer group armed with equipment such as metal detectors and scuba equipment, stuff you'll need if you're searching for something as tiny as a wedding ring. The Ring Finders members are located all over the world, with the majority based in the US or Europe, though there are six in Australia and three in New Zealand.
Chris Turner, The Ring Finders founder, started the site after running a metal detecting service in Vancouver, Canada. For people trying to locate missing rings, Turner suggests you leave the search to the professionals and save whatever cash you'd pay to acquire your own metal detector. "We've had people rent metal detectors, we've had people try to find things themselves, it will take them days sometimes or they never find it. We'll come in and find it in minutes."
You can scan through the directory or find a ring finder based on your location. Members will share their history of successful finds and jewellery recoveries in posts on the site. One testimonial example involved a man who lost his aunt's wedding ring on a houseboat. After calling Everton, a member in London, they found the ring in 20 minutes. To date, The Ring Finders members have located over 3500 pieces of jewellery.
The best part? The majority of The Ring Finders members offer their services at criminally low rates, asking you to pay either a flat fee, whatever you feel the service was worth, or just for petrol money to and from your location.