When Wendy Porter lost her engagement ring gardening, she was frantic. It wasn't because of the monetary value — the gold ring with a half-carat diamond had only cost about $400 when it was first purchased at a mom-and-pop jewelry shop in Vancouver that is now long gone. The band, which she wore faithfully for 45 years, was a link to her husband, George, who died a year ago after a struggle with pancreatic cancer.
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Although she calls herself computer illiterate, Porter searched online and managed to locate Chris Turner, a self-described treasure hunter whose specialty is finding lost rings. Turner started TheRingFinders.com, a directory of more than 200 people in 20 countries who are specially trained in using metal detectors to reunite owners with their lost jewelry and other important keepsakes. In less than four years, they have collectively located over 900 rings, together valued at more than $2 million. Most