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October 25, 2016 - Filed under: Selling Antiques — David

A valuable ring discovered by a metal detector enthusiast was almost discarded as costume jewellery when it was found in a muddy field.

Lee Rossiter, 43, became interested in metal detecting 18 months ago, when he joined the Yorkshire Searchers Metal Detecting Club. Although he was only using a basic detector he had purchased off eBay, Rossiter found the ring while in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. A friend of Rossiter, also a metal detectorist, said that he believed the ring was costume jewellery. However, Rossiter sought the opinion of the organiser of the dig, and he confirmed that the ring was an antique and probably made from Tudor gold.

According to experts, the ring is made of 80% gold, with emeralds and rubies. The antique find has now been purchased by Wartski, a firm of jewellers that has served members of the Royal Family over the generations. Although the price paid has not been disclosed, it is believed to be in the region of £20,000. The director of Wartski, Kieran McCarthy, said:

“Jewells of this calibre are extraordinarily rare and it is magical when the ground presents them as gifts to those who look for them.”

McCarthy added that the jeweller was thrilled to be given the opportunity to purchase the antique ring. The proceeds from the 15th-Century piece will be split with the landowner, according to Rossiter.

Antiques are generally spotted in the store of antique dealers rather than in muddy fields, and collectors often enjoy the leisurely browsing of antique coffee tables and other items of furniture.

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