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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…

22 Gold plates dating back to the 8th century with divine inscriptions found in Jakarta

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A group of people discovered 22 gold plates with ancient inscriptions inside a box in  Ringilarik village in Java, Indonesia. 

One of the founders named Sumardi said that when they found it amongst a pile of rocks, it appeared to be a jewelry box which was clearly not of modern age and they were astonished to view the contents.

Mr. Gutomo, an official with the Central Java Heritage Conservation Agency (BPCB)  confirmed that the golden plates date back to the 8th century, 18 carats and the inscription of eight names of cardinal and original directions of Dewa Lokapala's windgods is in ancient Javanese letter.



He said the founder and landowner will both receive compensation for this valuable discovery which provides insight into ancient history.   Following the find, the structure of a candi (Buddhist or Hindu temple) was also found at the same location.
Other findings in the area on separate occasions were a Mahakala statue, which is estimated to be from the Shiva Hindu period in the ni…