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Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Gold and silver coins hoard and medieval ring found in Wrexham





Mr. Cliff Massey from Wrexham discovered a hoard of three 23 carat gold and twenty-five silver coins in a field in Bronington.  They were buried or lost together after 1465 and are from the reign of Edward III, Richard II, Henry VI. On the same field in 2014, Mr.Massey found a gold ring with cabochon blue sapphire, dating from the 15th century.


One of the gold coins in the hoard found by Mr. Massey

Ring found with the hoard

These items are estimated to be worth thousands and have been declared a treasure. The coins and medieval ring are currently at the National Museum of Wales but Wrexham County Borough Museum hopes to acquire them.

                       

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