This ring was unearthed in 2009 by a metal detectorist in Escrick, Yorkshire. Though originally believed to be much later, the ring is now believed to have been made in the 5th to 6th centuries. A workshop in York suggested that the ring had continental origins and probably belonged to a king or royal consort.
The ring is composed of gold, glass, and sapphire. It was purchased for £35,000 by the Yorkshire Museum. The main part of the ring may have belonged to a brooch or other ornament before being mounted to the hoop. It is possible that the sapphire has Roman origins and that the mount was created much later. Further investigation of the ring is planned.
- “Escrick sapphire ring’s mystery history sparks meeting“, BBC News, 25 Jan 2013
- “Escrick sapphire ring’s mystery history sparks meeting“, Archaelogical News, 29 Jan 2013
- “The Ring is Royal?“, Yorkshire Museum, 20 Mar 2013