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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…

Love ring from the Tudor Era reunited with it's second half 3 year later

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A metal detectorist couple has united a 450-year-old silver love ring with its second half 3 years after finding the first. 
The partial artifact was discovered in Lancashire and inscribed on it is the word "Yours". Love rings during the TudorEra, were inscribed with a variety of different messages, therefore the options of what the complete meaning may be, was endless.
The metal detecting pair, Sheila and Iain, who has been treasure hunting for 12 years, was searching again on the same field 3 years later when they uncovered the second half of the ring. When the pieces were placed together, it read "I am yours". Sheila said that the ring is tiny and beautifully decorated with elegant letters. It forms a small part of the history of the area. As the field on which the ring was discovered is plowed yearly, it is possible that the plow may have broken it in half. Whoever the misfortunate lover is who lost their ring will remain a mystery, buried in time.



2,800 year old gold jewellery of royal origin found in Kazakhstan

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Some 3, 000 golden and precious items were found buried in a burial mound in a remote area at Tarbagatai mountains in Kazakhstan. It is estimated that the burial took place around 2,800 years ago and at that time the Saka people were residing there. The type of gold jewelry and other items which were found would have belonged to Royal or elite members of the Saka people. An expert explained that the grave is that of a couple who may have been a part of those who reigned at that point in time.




Among the finds are earrings in the shape of bells, gold plates with rivets, plaques, chains, and a necklace with precious stones.  
Gold beads were used to decorate clothing and were manufactured with a sophisticated micro-soldering technique which was developed by the locals and demonstrates exceptional artistic skill.



The discovery provides an interesting view of the history of the people who resided in Kazakstan during that time period. They clearly had expertise in developing sophisticated tech…