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Unique ID: KENT-6EAD48
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published
A warped gold and ruby rosette finger ring dating from the late 16th to early 17th century.
Description: The ring is formed from a simple gold band, widening slightly before the bezel which has a long thin V-shaped cell on each shoulder. These cells would likely have contained enamel. The bezel is formed from six radially aligned circular cells, separate by a small triangular petal. There is central hole on the bezel plate with a slightly larger separate cell set into it. Each cell has a facetted deep red stone save for one which is missing. The faceting is poorly executed which is typical of the period. All the stones are highly lustrous with substantial sparkle, likely indicating rubies rather than garnets.
Measurements: 24.13mm long, 9.87mm wide (inc bezel, band is 2.72mm wide), 7.09mm thick and 1.22g in weight.
Discussion: This ring is almost identical to a group of rings most famed for their presence in the Cheapside hoard now split between the Museum of London and the British Museum. The hoard contains examples in, Garnet, Sapphire and Emerald. See BM 1912,0724.5 and MOL A14216
Conclusion: It is therefore clear that this object dates to before 1718 and as the object is made of more than 10% precious metals, it constitutes potential Treasure under the stipulations of The Treasure Act 1996.
Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure
Treasure case tracking number: 2018T94
Length: 24.13 mm
Width: 9.87 mm
Thickness: 7.09 mm
Weight: 1.22 g
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Treasure case number: 2018T94
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