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  • Beth Salgueiro

    The York ring discovered in 2009 Sapphire jewelry was rare in medieval England. Sapphires were reserved for royalty, upper nobility or high-ranking clergy and were said to hold magical protective powers, especially against poison.

  • Alexandra P.D

    A unique gold and sapphire finger ring, found by a metal detectorist and just purchased by the Yorkshire Museum, almost certainly belonged to Anglo-Saxon or Viking royalty, very senior clergy or a leading member of the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy, say historians

  • Laurie | Hedgerow Rose

    "Metal detectorist Michael Greenhorn discovered a gold and sapphire {Medieval} ring in a field six miles south of York in April of 2009." | The History Blog

  • Katie Schroeder

    Sapphire and gold ring belonged to Anglo-Saxon or Viking royalty Wish I had this ring, I desend from viking royalty & that is my birth stone.

  • Leanne Boyd

    Tumblr harvestheart: Large Sapphire Ring Found A large sapphire ring found by metal detector enthusiast Michael Greenhorn in a field near Escrick, England is thought to have originated in the 5th or 6th century and may have even belonged to a king. Greenhorn sold the ring to the Yorkshire Museum for $50,000. (Photo: Kippa Matthews/York Museums Trust)

  • Judy Adair

    Gold and sapphire ring at the Yorkshire museum. Anglo Saxon - ancient.

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