• Thank you, again, Mark, for finding my ring!

    While playing football with my 15 year-old son, I noticed that my
    wedding ring was missing. The ring was created by a Haida artist in
    B.C. more than 20 years ago, and meant a great deal to me. My son and
    I, and later my wife and I, searched for it. While I believed the area
    in which it was lost was relatively small, we could not locate it. I
    contacted Mark, and he agreed to try to locate it. A few days later,
    Mark arrived and within minutes had found the missing ring. Yes, it
    was in the area I suspected, but given the way the ring was laying, it
    is unlikely that we could have found it. I can’t thank Mark enough for
    his expertise, his humour, or his good will. I would not hesitate to
    recommend him for your location needs. Thank you, again, Mark, for
    finding my ring!

    Jim Streb
    2015 September 12

  • …he will find it

    My husband lost his white gold wedding ring in our backyard while we were bagging leaves two weeks ago. We searched the ground, dumped out all the bags and searched through the leaves, went out with a flashlight after dark…did all we could to find it but have had no luck. We’ve only been married a few years, but of course the ring is very special to my husband and he was very upset at having lost it. We were starting to wonder if maybe a raccoon or squirrel had captured it!

    After more than a week of searching, it looked like we were going to have to give up and just buy a new ring. Then I Googled ‘lost wedding ring in Toronto’ and found Mark’s website. I called him, and a couple of days later, Mark was able to make it out to Brampton to help us. After only thirty minutes of searching, the ring was back on my happy husband’s finger!

    Thanks Mark, for all your help !
    I would strongly urge anyone reading this to put your trust in Mark – if it’s out there, he will find it!

    Nancie P.

    Brampton, Ontario.

  • You are awesome..!!!

    Trust Mark and don’t be leary. He’s a really sweet guy that does his job with enthusiasm, perseverance and compassion. I was feeling pretty low about losing my wedding band and I was pessimistic about whether I would ever find it again. Mark changed all that and brought me back peace of mind along with my lost ring.

    Thank you so much Mark! You are awesome!

    Angela D.

  • I will forever be grateful. ..

    “Saturday morning I looked down at my hand and my wedding band and engagement ring were gone.  I was sure they had slipped off in my house that morning, because I never take them off and surely I would have noticed them missing.  After frantically searching the house, I saw a picture of myself and my daughter taken at the park the previous evening, and I wasn’t wearing them.  I was deflated.  I had no idea where I had lost them, because I had no idea how long they had been gone.

    After searching on and off throughout the weekend and retracing my steps, I was no further ahead.  I thought there was a 50/50 chance I’d lost them at the park on the Friday night, which has a loose sand base.  Monday I started thinking it may be worth renting a metal detector, and then I came across Mark’s page.

    I was a little skeptical.  And I wasn’t sure I had even lost it at the park.  But I came across a Toronto Star article that cast Mark’s service in such a favourable light, I thought I would check his rates and maybe give it a shot.

    After contacting Mark I was pleasantly surprised.  He was very professional, returned all of my calls immediately, and seemed genuinely concerned.  He told me that if the rings were at the park, he would find them.  He would search the entire park.  We agreed on a very reasonable fee for the search.  I felt this was worth some piece of mind.  I didn’t want to spend the next 15 years digging in the sand every time we took our kids to the park.

    Mark came down later that same day, driving through rush hour traffic, and started his search in one of the areas I had been playing with my daughter.  He found my engagement ring in 1 minute.  Literally.  He found my wedding band two minutes later.  They had been buried about 6 inches deep, and I’m convinced I never would have found them.  Instead of losing them, now I have an interesting history to my rings, which I hope one day will be passed down through the family.

    I got in touch with Mark so that I could have some piece of mind; to know that my rings were not at the park.  Instead, he found them.  I will forever be grateful.





  • Thank you Mark..!!

    I am so glad to have connected with Mark. Within minutes of calling him about my daughter’s missing earring she received for her 10th birthday from her Grandmother, I had met Mark who was very confident he could help. Mark was very attentive to my daughter as she retraced her steps throughout the park, and started right away that evening. He returned the next day in brighter light, confident it would be found. The earring had a huge sentimental value for my daughter who was devastated to have lost something to special to her. I am SO glad he found it, the look on my daughter’s face said it all!! Thank you Mark for meeting us and starting the search right after we spoke, and to be willing to help with something that meant so much to a little girl (and her Mom)!

    Andrea D.

  • Mark, you are a true professional….

    My fiance and I searched for my missing engagement ring for 2 hours in the cold weather with no luck. Mark was such a life saver. He was so friendly over the phone and when he heard how upset I was on the phone, he comforted me in telling me that he could find it. He showed up, immediately had me reenact the situation step by step, then drew his grid lines. It took longer than I expected it to. Mark reassured me that he WAS going to find it, no matter how long it took him. He never stopped once in the freezing, windy weather. After 40 minutes he found my ring! Mark, you are a true professional. You’re attention to detail and determination did not go unnoticed and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Becky K.

  • Ginger & Eric

    Mark Ellis is a professional miracle worker! In July 2012, after living apart for three and a half years, Eric and I finally started the next chapter of our lives in one city and under one roof. Our wedding bands serve as a nice reminder that no matter what distance separates us, we are always together. So, as you can imagine, losing Eric’s wedding band in Lake Erie was not fun. Eric and I had almost reconciled ourselves to the fact that his wedding band was gone forever when Mark arrived and gave us hope.

    On August 26th, Eric and I joined his cousins for a day of fun at Woodlawn Beach on the shore of Lake Erie. I sat on the beach chatting while Eric and his cousins tossed a ball around in the water. Eric reached out to make a catch and his wedding band went flying. He saw it hit the water about two feet from where he was standing. He called his cousin Jim over to help look for the ring and sent Jim’s son to get me and help with the search. We looked for a while before deciding goggles might help. I made a quick trip to the store and bought goggles for all of us. After searching for three and half hours, we decided it was time to call it quits. Leaving the beach, knowing that Eric’s ring was resting in Lake Erie, felt terrible.

    The next day was stormy and, despite my efforts, was not a good day to search for the ring. I turned to the Internet instead. While searching online for locals with metal detectors, I came across TheRingFinders.com site. Unfortunately, there were no ring finders in the Buffalo area. But I did find Mark Ellis in Toronto. I figured it was a long shot, but emailed him anyway. Mark contacted me right away and said he would be willing to come to Buffalo later that week. I returned to the beach on Tuesday with Eric’s cousins and a local man with a metal detector. The metal detector was nice to have, but unfortunately could not be submerged so it couldn’t go to into the deeper water where the ring was lost. We searched for hours with no luck. I returned to the beach again on Wednesday, armed with my trusty goggles, but again, no luck.

    After searching for four days in row, Eric and I really started to lose hope. But we returned to the beach once again on Thursday, August 30th to meet Mark Ellis. We weren’t sure what to expect from a guy willing to drive all the way from Toronto to help two strangers search for a proverbial needle in a very large haystack. Well, Mark is a true professional and became an instant friend. After talking to him, we understood why he was willing to make the trip, he knew he could find Eric’s ring. He never had any doubt. Unfortunately, the winds really started to pick up and the water was rough. Mark had trouble keeping his footing and following his grid and finally had to throw in the towel. He was not giving up for good, but he knew we weren’t going to find the ring that day. We made plans for him to return the following week. I left the beach disappointed, but my mindset changed. If anyone could find this ring, Mark would.

    I met Mark again on Friday, Sept 7th. He found a men’s wedding band, some coins, and lots of cans, but not Eric’s ring. After a spending some time with Family in Rochester, Mark joined us again bright and early on Sunday, Sept 9th. Eric liked to say his ring wasn’t lost; he just misplaced it in Lake Erie. Well, his ring was misplaced in Lake Erie for two whole weeks at this point.Mark put on his gear, and hit the water as determined as ever. Eric and I were playing around on the beach when we heard Mark yelling from the water. We looked over and knew he had the ring!

    Words cannot describe the feeling when I put the ring back on Eric’s finger. We felt total elation, gratitude, and relief. It is remarkable that Eric’s ring was recovered from Lake Erie and it is remarkable that a total stranger was willing to devote his time and effort to return something so precious to us. Thank you Mark!

  • Thanks Mark!

    On Friday August 31st, 2012 (the Friday of Labour Day Weekend) I went to my local park to exercise. To avoid damaging my ring (or my finger) while doing chin ups I placed my wedding band into the pocket of my shorts. In the middle of my exercise routine I noticed the pocket of my shorts had been pulled out (likely while retrieving my iPod) and the ring was gone. I searched in vain for upwards of 30 minutes and even recruited other kids and families in the park to assist me. After a fruitless search, I came to the realization that I was not going to find this ring using traditional methods.

    Disappointed, frustrated and slightly panicked I arrived home and began searching the Internet for metal detector rentals. During this search, Ellis Metal Detecting Services’ web page came up in a blog about lost jewelry and specifically the success EMDS had locating lost wedding bands.

    Not believing anyone would be calling me back on the Friday of a long weekend I called and left a message with Mark at 11:40 AM. Mark called me back within minutes of leaving my message and was at my house in the west end of Toronto by 12:15 PM.

    Mark and I arrived at the park minutes later and by 12:35 PM Mark had located my ring buried in some wood chips and grass. Mark offers a unique service and delivers this service in a professional, friendly and expeditious manner.

    I was very pleased with Mark and would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone. I can say with certainty that my ring would not have been found without Mark.

  • Andrea

    I lost my wedding band of barely two months during a workout in a park. We knew the general area it was in but my husband, our trainer and I were having no luck finding it. We heard from a guy walking his dog that there was a guy who finds people’s lost rings. My husband found Mark through his blog and got in touch with him right away. He dropped what he was doing and battled rush hour traffic to meet us in the park. Mark asked us in more detail what happened and started his search.

    Even after searching for longer than any of us expected it would take, in the brutal heat of the now afternoon, Mark was so reassuring and kind. He recovered my ring and I couldn’t be happier! Being a jeweler I hear stories about lost engagement rings and special jewelry items all the time. So I am so glad to have found Mark and I will be sending all my customers his way.

  • Can’t Thank You Enough

    Mark, can’t thank you enough for finding my ring! This was passed down to me just recently by my late aunt in England. My family went from being very sad to extremely glad! We can sleep again!! Your skills and experience are unbelievable. I will be honest and say that I was reluctant however, you proved me wrong and words can’t say how grateful we are, thank you Mark you are a godsend..!

  • Neil & Rea

    Thank you just doesn’t seem enough…

    What seemed like a great day for our week long cottage vacation, ended in sadness and disappointment. On July 25th 2012, my husband Neil and I decided to spend a day at Sandbanks Provincial Park with our family and friends. We were having a wonderful time enjoying the summer weather when my husband decided to cool off in the lake and throw the football around with his buddy.

    Then I heard it. It was my name, but there was panic and distress in the way it was said. I heard it again and when I turned around, all I saw was Neil almost waist deep in the water with his hands up in the air. He was pointing to his left hand where his wedding ring was, or in this case, wasn’t. My heart sank. The current in Lake Ontario was very strong at this time and all I could do was take a deep breath. I knew it was gone. I walked towards him and as he was searching the lake bottom, he frantically said, “I lost it, babe. I lost my wedding ring.” I started combing the lake floor with my feet, shuffling from side to side. After half an hour, I looked to my husband and said that we can’t continue looking for it. We need to accept that it is gone and move on. Neil continued to look with our good friends Jimmy and Lorie until we left the park almost 2 hours later.

    When we arrived back in Toronto on Friday July 27th, I immediately went online and googled “Toronto metal detector” and it lead me to TheRingFinders website. I was amazed to find a service like this available to the public. I contacted Mark that afternoon and left a message with him briefly detailing my situation. He called me back within the same hour and I explained the whole story. Although Mark was not available to go directly to Sandbanks Provincial Park that weekend he did give me a sense of hope and provided me with very helpful suggestions for the weekend, such as posting lost + found ads in Kijiji and Craigslist. He said that Sandbanks is visited by many metal detector finders and if I posted an ad, one who possibly found my husband’s ring since Wednesday would see my ad and contact me. He also asked me if any pictures were taken that day to help him pinpoint where we were at the beach.

    I immediately asked my friend Lorie who took a picture of Neil on her phone before he lost his ring to email it to Mark. He was able to take that picture and extract the coordinates from the file to find our exact location. It was amazing! We agreed that if I didn’t receive any replies by Sunday afternoon, he would drive up to Sandbanks on Monday morning. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive any replies to my ads and today (Monday), Mark was on the case.

    I heard my message notifier at 11:44 a.m. today. It was a picture of my husband’s wedding ring on a bright green leaf. Mark found it. He actually found Neil’s ring!! We drove up to meet Mark and pick up the ring today. Tomorrow is Neil’s birthday and Mark, who is a man we never met or knew until now gave us the best birthday gift Neil has ever received.

    Thank you Mark for everything you have done. For your help, your support, your time and effort. Our 2nd wedding anniversary is in August and this will be a great story to remember that day.

  • Kim & Alan H.

    My husband and I had nearly given up hope in finding his wedding band (lost at a local soccer field) after hours of searching and two failed attempts at finding a suitable metal detector. After getting off the phone with our jeweller to arrange to have his custom ring re-made, I decided to take one last look online for information on metal detectors and stumbled by chance on Mark’s website.

    Within 5 minutes of emailing him, I had a response and my husband, Alan, called him to make arrangements to meet the following day. When Alan met Mark, the first thing he said was: “I have a good feeling about this.” That little bit of hope was greatly appreciated at a time when we were ready to give up. Mark spent time asking Alan a variety of questions about the events that occurred the day the ring was lost, reminding him of how important even an inch can make. Within 5 minutes, the ring was found!

    Mark, we cannot thank you enough for your help. As you can appreciate, the cost of losing a piece of jewellery is only part of the equation – it’s the sentimental value that is so upsetting when a piece of jewellery is lost. We truly appreciate your speedy response, your enthusiam, and for reuniting us with something so special. We are truly thankful from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Go Mark Go!

    Go Mark Go! I lost my fiance’s wedding ring in our garden last fall. We searched till we could search no more, and then tried to get used to the idea that it had gone back to the earth. Just recently, we thought that if we were really going to let it go, we should take one more try with a metal detector. Mark came over…. and we found it!!! We found it, but what really makes Mark so awesome is his genuine excitement and care about helping folks out. If you’re thinking of hiring someone to help you find a lost precious thing, get in touch with Mark – he’s a pro with all his tools, and a kindhearted man!

  • Trista Robertson

    I contacted Mark on a Sunday morning devastated as I had lost my new engagement ring outside during a snow storm. A friend of mine had suggested I try renting a metal detector in an attempt to find the missing ring. I came across Mark’s webpage while searching the internet for metal detection options. I phoned immediately and Mark was very eager to help. Mark offered to come to my hometown the following day to assist me in my search. Marks genuine interest and positive attitude inspired me to stay hopeful. When I told Mark I was considering renting or purchasing a metal detector that day, he took the time to guide me in finding a metal detector. Mark than took the initiative to give me lots of useful tips and suggestions to increase the efficiency of the metal detector. Mark really took the time to support me during my search.

    Very luckily, I found my engagement ring that day on a well traveled road. I phoned Mark to tell him the good news. Mark was so happy to learn that I had found my ring and I couldn’t thank him enough for the time he spent in supporting me. Mark truly went out of his way just to help someone in need! I would without any hesitation highly recommend Mark for his impressive skill set and knowledge of metal detecting and especially for his kind and supportive nature! Keep up the good work Mark.

  • Sarita

    Hi Mark,

    I just wanted to thank you again for finding my ring. I have to say that I was skeptical that it would be found on such a large baseball field, the saying “like trying to find a needle in a haystack” seemed to apply to me. I’m still amazed that you found it! I wouldn’t hesitate to refer you to anyone that has lost something. A huge thanks again!!

  • Drew

    I was very pleased with the service Mark provided. I was in a big hurry to try to locate the iron Bars at the corners of my property in order to put my new fence in the correct spot. Mark came the same afternoon that I called (even arrived earlier than his scheduled time!) and found my property markers in no time. It was a huge savings for me as a new survey would have been thousands of dollars. Mark was very friendly and professional. I would recommend Mark and EMDS anytime!

  • Frank

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks again for all of your hard work in helping me locate my ring!!!

    I have tremendous appreciation for Mark and the service he provides. He is very passionate about what he does and he does not stop until the job is complete. He assisted me in locating my lost wedding band in a large, tall-grass, field – when I originally lost my ring, I was devastated, I thought I would never locate it. I searched on the internet and was pleased to find Ellis Metal Detecting Services, Mark answered my call right away!!

    Thanks Mark for finding my wedding band – I would definitely recommend your services!!!