KENT-6EAD48: Rosette Gold and Ruby ring

Rights Holder: Kent County Council
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Unique ID: KENT-6EAD48

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find 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.

Class: Rosette

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2018T94


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1575
Date to: Circa AD 1625

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.13 mm
Width: 9.87 mm
Thickness: 7.09 mm
Weight: 1.22 g

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2018T94

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Decoration style: Floral
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
To be known as: Wootton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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