Losing a piece of jewelry in an open space can be a harrowing experience, especially if the item is expensive and has emotional value. I recently dropped my engagement ring while I was out with the kids in a public park. It had rolled over towards the right form where I was standing. Thankfully, I immediately realized and found it by looking around. 

While the technique may vary for different types of jewelry, looking around is one way to find your piece of jewelry. Getting down on your hands and knees to look around is the next thing one can try. Using torch or flashlight may also prove to be helpful. This makes the item shine and noticeable. Metal detectors are another way used to find lost jewelry in grass. Lastly, professional help is another option one may try. Professional jewelry finding services can help you locate your piece of jewelry with their specialized metal detectors.

Let’s delve deeper into the problem areas or methods you may use.

Where can I find dropped jewelry on the open ground?

The piece of jewelry that you dropped in the open ground will be in close proximity to from where you are standing or sitting. Pieces like rings or bangles may roll down to a side depending on how they fell. However, other pieces like an anklet, a necklace, or an earring would most likely be somewhere around. If you are still unsure where to look, try the below to find a dropped jewelry item on the open ground:


  1. Check the surrounding: When you lose a piece of jewelry on open ground, it is most likely where you were sitting or walking. Dropped jewelry usually does not travel far from the place it was originally dropped. Therefore, the first thing to do is to keep a calm mind and search for the ring in your vicinity.
  2. Mark your area: Marking your area horizontally and vertically and then going on in 90 degree of 45 degrees will help ensure that you did not leave any area you haven’t checked. Check in the area where you believe you dropped the area and then move to the outer area slowly to trace your jewelry.
  3. Look around: Your jewelry is likely to have rolled a few feet away from your path; therefore, look around the area and not just in a straight line.
  4. Retrace your steps: If you have recently walked to another spot on the ground or across an open field, it might help to retrace your steps.
  5. Use metal detectors: They are an excellent way to find items if they have metals like gold, silver, or platinum in them. Make sure that you overlap when using a metal detector. This means, going through an area twice, and covering the edges of the same area when you move on to the next patch. Also, go very slow and keep the detector as low as possible. If you’ve covered large ground, it may be a good idea to use a metal detector instead of searching manually.
  6. Mark the covered areaMarking the area already searched will help you save on time and effort. You would know which area you have already searched. Thus, preventing you from searching aimlessly. You may use wood stakes, tape or anything else you have for the job.

Will a metal detector find a gold ring?

Yes, a metal detector will help you find a lost gold ring. However, as the ring is not made of pure gold, but an alloy, the composition of the ring will matter. The percentage of traces of copper, nickel, zinc, silver or palladium in your piece of jewelry will influence how effective the metal detector is. 

Metal detectors were created to search for gold on old days. Most people use metal detectors or hire metal detectorists to find lost gold rings. Good news is, most of the metal detectors can detect Gold. As a result, this method can be swift, and if the area you need to cover is not large, it can take about five minutes to find the lost gold ring. However, if you can find your gold jewelry or ring with the detector or not would depend on the following:

  1. The quality of the detector: A wide range of metal detectors is available in the market today. While a good quality detector may even help you find small traces of gold, another metal detector of inferior quality may not be so efficient. A detector has features like ground balance ability, ability to differentiate between different types of metals, the range of depth, the ability to block out external electrical interferences and type of system used in detector are a few key features. 
  2. How old it is: Sometimes, new metal detectors are most sensitive and effective in detecting and identifying metals. An old metal detector may not be as efficient at times.
  3. Skill of the person using it: Knowing how to use a metal detector is a skill one needs to develop. While a professional may detect a small piece of jewelry with an inferior quality detector, a novice may not be able to find anything even with the best quality metal detector.

How do you find a dropped diamond on grass?

You can use a cellphone torch or a flashlight to find a lost or dropped diamond. One unique and helpful quality of diamonds is their high refractive index, i.e., diamonds are very good reflectors of light. If you have dropped a diamond in the grass and are looking for ways to find it, you can use any source of light available, from bright flashlights to cell phone torches to mini-pocket torches.

Tips to keep in mind when trying to find a dropped diamond:

  1. Hold torch at an angle: Do not hold the flashlight or torch straight. Instead, hold it at an angle. This is done so that the reflection of the diamond is visible.
  2. Look for color of light reflected: The light may not be the same color as your torch. If you’re using a white torch, chances are you may see a reflection of one or more other colors.
  3. Color of the torch: If your dropped diamond isn’t white, don’t use a white torch; use a blacklight.
  4. Sunlight may help: If you have dropped the diamond during the day, it will reflect sunlight. Therefore, you may not need to use the torch.
  5. Check the surrounding area: Diamonds can roll swiftly. Therefore, look for them in a wider vicinity.
  6. Watch closely: Diamonds can also be trampled in the ground accidentally. In this case, they may not reflect light until you’re very close. Therefore, keep an eye out.
  7. Metal detector: You may use a metal detector if the diamond is attached to a ring, earring, necklace, pendant, or other metal holders.
How can I find a lost ring in tall grass​

How can I find a lost ring in tall grass?

Metal detectors and flashlights are the two most popular methods of finding rings lost in tall grass. If you want to find a ring lost in tall grass, the first thing to do is calm down and think rationally. If you start your search in a panic, you are more likely to miss the dropped ring or press it deeper into the ground. Both of them will make it more difficult to find the ring. Therefore, keeping a calm and rational mind is critical. You can follow the steps given below:

  1. Flashlight: The first method of detection is using a flashlight. If you are looking for a ring at dusk or night, use a bright flashlight. In such a situation, it is recommended to use a torch instead of a flashlight on your phone. Try to use your flashlight at different angles.  This method works really well for rings that have diamonds or other gemstones in them as they shine brightly when light falls upon them.
  2. Sweep the grass as you walk: Retrace your steps while sweeping the grass lightly. The lighter your ring, the more it will bounce, the farther it may be. Do sweeps in a wide, slow arch for maximum success. This method is especially useful if your ring has a gem or a stone on it.
  3. Push the grass down: Using a plank of wood and running it carefully over the grass may help to push it down. This way, you can walk over the grass and look for your piece of jewelry. This also helps in using metal detectors. However, this may not always be possible. 
  4. Use plexiglass or plywood: Some detectors also use a sheet of plywood or plexiglass for the job. The sheet can be put on the tall grass and you may detect on it. Plexiglass is lighter than plywood and it is also easier to see where to dig when using plexiglass.
  5. Trim the grass: If possible, trim the grass. While this may not be possible in a public park, if you lost your ring in your backyard, you can definitely get the grass trimmed. First look for the ring in the stack of cut grass as it may be present there. If not found there, search the area using other means.
  6. Wait till vegetation dries off: While it may not always be possible, it can be tried if you have lost your jewelry in your private property. In such a case, you may wait until winter or early spring. The time when the grass dries off and you clear it, can prove to be a suitable time for the job. 
  7. Metal detector: If you are unable to find the ring using a flashlight, use a metal detector. However, there are a few points you must consider when using metal detectors in tall grass. 
  • Use a metal detector with a smaller coil. This is because, a big coil does not work well in grass. It is because the grass can get tangles in the detector and may damage the coil. 
  • Detectors with large coil are also not easy to sweep in grass because of the same reason. so use ones with small sniper coils
  • When you sweep in grass, make sure your metal detector is as close to the ground as possible. Normally 3-4 inches is good. This is because the farther up you are from the ground, the more difficult it is going to be to detect your piece of jewelry.
  • This method is not useful if your ring is made from metals which have low conductivity or magnetic field. E.g. a metal detector will not help you find a stainless steel ring.

How to find an earring in the grass?

Visual inspection is the most effective way of finding an earring dropped in the grass. If your earrings are polymers, plastics, and other non-magnetic metals, visual inspection and backtracking your way are a good way to search. It is recommended that you get down on your knees and inspect the ground up close. 

If the ring contains a stone or a gem, you can go back during the night with a flashlight to search for it.

Metal earrings can be searched using metal detector as discussed above.

Let us look at the table below to understand the sensitivity of your piece of earring based on the constituent metals.

MetalElectric conductivity
Carbone Steel5,9
Stainless Steel1,37-1,32

How to find a titanium ring in the grass?

As we discussed above, the conductivity of Titanium is very low. This makes it difficult to detect using a metal detector. The following approaches may help in finding a titanium ring lost in grass.

  1. Titanium being non-magnetic, visual inspection may be the best way to find a titanium ring lost in the grass.  
  2. Flashlight or sunlight can make your titanium ring shine as the metal has a lot of sheen to it. This will also be helpful if your ring has gemstones or diamonds.
  3. Some of the latest metal detectors do have a feature or a setting that permits users to search for titanium. However, since it is non-corrosive, non-magnetic, and has no electrical conductivity, few and very expensive metal detectors can find it.

This brings us to the next question.

How do you find a ring in the grass without using a metal detector?

Visual search is the only method to find a lost ring without a detector. If you need to find your ring without using  metal detector, consider the below ways. We have discussed some of these above as well, but let’s look t some specific ones again.

  1. Systematic search: It is the best way to find a ring without using a metal detector. As highlighted in the above section. Search the area visually and follow a systematic pattern – from one end to the other, without leaving any patch. You may need to conduct a visual search several times to find the ring. Be very slow and attentive while searching a patch of marked area. Then move to the next.
  2. Get down: We cannot stress on the importance of getting down more. Being on your knees and hands will give you a better view and get a closer look into the grass.
  3. Use your fingers: When down in the grass, run your fingers through it. Slow and soft. This will help in 2 ways. It can move the grass away, making your ring visible under it, or you may feel your ring under the grass. Thus helping you find it.
  4. Repeat the movement: If you know when you dropped your piece of jewelry, e.g., you flew off while you were throwing a ball for your kid to catch, you may try performing the same movement and try to figure out how it may have moved in the air and at which place it may have landed. 
  5. Flashlight!: Flashlights help in making your item shine differently in grass, making it noticeable. You may try with flashlight of different colors as well and at different times of the day. This works great especially when the piece of jewelry has diamond(s) in it.
  6. Use a rake: Rakes can come in handy while searching for rings in grass. Just use small rakes with small tines and it could work well if you are slow and methodical. There is a high probability of your ring getting stuck in the tines and coming out of the grass.
  7. Try different timings: Trying at different times of a day can be helpful. This is because light will change directions and your piece of jewelry and the grass will shine differently each time.
  8. If possible, search at nightShine a light around the grass at night and watch for the winking reflection 
  9. Pay attention: Your jewelry is unlikely to stand out unless it is very big, bright, shiny, made of contrast color, and has a stone reflecting light. Therefore, inspect the ground closely. It is recommended that you bend down if possible.
  10. Ask for help: It may take time to find the item alone. Having more eyes on the look will certainly help. Therefore, you may want to ask for help. Even with help, finding a dropped item can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Have patience.

How do you find a piece of jewelry using a metal detector?

Turn on your metal detector and hold it close to the ground. Air is not a good conductor, so try and keep your metal detector as close to the ground as possible (within 2-4 inches)

  1. First, sweep the metal detector in a circle around the area where you were standing or sitting. This will help you determine whether you’ve dropped the ring where you are standing.
  2. If the metal detector does not make any noise, start retracing your steps. Go very low and slow.
  3. Don’t move the metal detector in a straight line in front of you. Instead, sweep it from left to right. Ideally, sweep from the leftmost side to the rightmost side and then back again.
  4. Start retracing your steps across the ground.
  5. Continue this until you have covered the entire ground.

Metal detectors work on most items of jewelry, and it may be worthwhile to invest in one. You may also simply rent one when needed. Other than detectors, flashlights, and visual searches are the most common methods of finding a lost jewelry item. Depending on where you’ve lost and what the jewelry is made of, you may be able to find the item again.

If you do not know how to use a metal detector, better leave the job at the hands of experts and reach out to professionals for help. This is because mastering the skill to use metal detectors may take years. Professionals can help find your piece.

Hope this was helpful.

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