We’ve all been in the position of having lost a special piece of jewelry. One minute you’re having fun outside, and the next you realize your beautiful wedding ring, necklace, hair clip or other piece of precious jewelry is gone. Although you may think it’s lost forever, there’s actually a good chance you can find it.
Losing a special piece of jewelry like an engagement ring or great grandma’s broach can be very stressful. When you’re anxious and stressed you don’t generally make the best decisions.
With this in mind, before you do anything else, first take a few deep breaths and calm down. Not only will you feel better, you’ll search more efficiently and have a much higher likelihood of finding your lost jewelry.
Retrace your steps.
Now that you’re calmer, take a few minutes to think and retrace your steps. To begin, ask yourself these questions:
- When was the last time you know for sure you had the lost piece of jewelry?
- Where do you think you lost it? If you don’t know for sure, list all the potential locations.
- What do you think happened to it? Again, make a list of the possibilities if needed.
- Is there anyone else who can help you verify when and where you last had the piece of jewelry if you’re not certain?
Occasionally, in times of stress, we forget the obvious, so really take the time to think about what you were doing, your specific piece of lost jewelry, where it was worn, how it could have come undone, and where it may have gone.
Was it a tiny earring that could have rolled into a crevice?
Or was it a barrette that might have come unhooked and fell out of your hair while you were dancing around the yard with the kids?
Really think hard and then head back to each and every place you could have lost the item.
As you retrace your steps, be sure to account for changes in the area that could have occurred since you were last there. Wind blown dirt, the waves and tidal changes, rain, or falling leaves, could change the area and/or the location of your lost object making it important to look all around the space(s) you were in as well as outside of them.
If retracing your steps doesn’t turn up your lost piece of jewelry, the next best solution is to contact a metal detectorist in your area.
In the past, you would have needed to know someone personally who owned a metal detector for this to be an option. However, now that we all have access to the internet, you can find a variety of different people online who enjoy the hobby and provide aid to others who have lost something very important to them, like jewelry, whenever they’re able.
A good place to start is by searching The Ring Finders web site for an individual in your local area.
Why would they do this?
Most metal detectorists simply enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
Add in the extra bonus of helping someone, and these guys and gals get to have a really great day out in the field!
In fact, in many cases they will try to return their finds to the original owners even when they’re not still looking for the item. Class rings, engagement rings, war medals, and other precious heirlooms like these are frequently found by metal detectorists. Then, they do the research themselves and try to return the item to it’s original owners.
To find a local metal detectorist, visit a metal detecting forum. Or, simply do a search for a metal detecting club in your area. Many metal detecting club sites even have pages specifically for asking for help finding lost items.
If you’ve lost a piece of jewelry that’s important to you and you think it’s lost forever. Try all of these things first. And, above all, never give up hope!
There are stories of people finding jewelry years and years from when they lost it.
About the author
Daniel Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.