A sapphire ring found in a Yorkshire field by a metal detecting enthusiast may have been owned by royalty in the 5th and 6th centuries, experts said today. Archaeologists say that nothing like the Escrick Ring from that period has ever been found in the UK before. Experts suggested the ring was made in Europe, possibly France, and that it would have belonged to a king, leader or consort - not a bishop which was a previous theory. History, Sapphire Rings, Yorkshire Museums, Metals, Gold Rings, Jewelry, Jewels, Anglo Saxon, Antiques
Ring, late 6th–early 5th century b.c., Etruscan, Gilt silver “This ring testifies to the complexity of artistic interconnection at the end of the Archaic period. The bezel is in the form of a cartouche, a shape ultimately of Egyptian origin that the Phoenicians disseminated in the western Mediterranean. The three mythological creatures that decorate it—winged lion, siren, and scarab beetle—came from the East as well."
Finger Ring Date: 7th century Culture: Frankish Medium: Copper alloy, partial gilt, stone or glass paste cabochon