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Chris called me to say that he had lost his wedding band the previous afternoon while he was on his ride on mower. He had bent down to pick up a stick and throw it on to a pile a few meters away. As he threw it he felt his precious band slip off his finger and go flying through the air. He spent hours on his hands and knees going over the area he thought the ring may have landed. They also raked the whole area and sifted everything, still no luck! It got dark and Chris even tried to use a torch to see if he could see anything shimmering. The ring had been hand made along with his wife Ashley’s wedding band and was a one of a kind. Priceless to them both.
I came out and Ashley showed me to the area. It was a huge backyard of many acres. I told her that rings are often found a long way from where they are expected and so I was going to detect in a very large grid pattern to make sure. Over an hour passed and we were were both starting to worry. I decided to walk down to near the metal fence at the back of their property one last time. This area was actually behind the ride on mower and because of this, not an area he had checked. I thought it might have come off on the back swing and so it might have gone behind, not in front. With the metal interference from the fence I would have to be very careful to pick up the signal of a 9 carat gold ring through all the noise.
Ashley told me that he never wears his wedding band while gardening and that of course the one time he does off it goes. She also said they had only last month changed their insurance policy to cover the ring! She had all but given up hope the day before and certainly after I couldn’t find it. Just before I too was about to give up, I heard a strange signal through the constant beeping from the wire fence. There it was! Ashley could not believe it and got Chris straight on the speaker phone to tell him the great news – he was so grateful as the lost ring was destroying him. Ashley said he would not have bought a new ring because it would have just not been the same. I’m glad the one off hand crafted ring is back with Chris and he (and Ashley!) can now rest after such a stressful 24 hours.
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