15th century ring discovered by metal detector
A 15th century diamond and ruby ring that was discovered with a metal detector could fetch as much as £30,000 at Sothebys later this week.
The gold ring was found on the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house near Launde Abbey in Leicestershire. The house was originally a monastery but was taken over by Thomas Cromwell, advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was exectued before he was able to move into the property and the house was passed to his son.
The ring is an exceptionally lavish English 'love' or 'marriage' ring which is symbolished by the bonding of two different gems. It will be sold as part of the old Master Sculpture and Works of Art auction which will be held on the 9th of July.
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