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


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 ownership of the land and started building a new house in 1540, but was never able to enjoy living there, as he was executed that same year.  His son and his wife, Elizabeth Seymour who
was the sister of Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour lived on the luxury estate.




As the ring is more than 300 years old and made of precious metal, it was declared a Treasure according to the Treasure Act 1996. Following declaring the ring as a treasure, it was returned to the owner and then put on auction. The initial guide price was £20 000, but bidders were eager to obtain this valuable artifact and the price reached £35000.

                                     

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