Rare 15th century gold marriage ring unearthed in Worcestershire to sell at Bonhams

Ring sourced by Bonhams Knowle office

25 Apr 2012, Fine Jewelry

A rare 15th century gold ring, discovered by a metal detector in Redditch, Worcestershire is estimated to sell for £4,000 – 6,000 in the Fine Jewellery sale, taking place on the 25th April at Bonhams, London.

The gold, marriage ring is engraved on the outside with the inscription 'iea do re' (Je adore), each group of letters connected by double hearts and cross motifs. Little is known about the original owner, the ring having lain undiscovered for over 500 years. The ring was brought into the Bonhams Knowle office by the detectorist to be valued.

Jean Ghika, Director of the Jewellery Department for UK and Europe comments, "The Bonhams Knowle office holds regular valuation days and we are delighted to be able to offer this piece in our Fine Jewellery sale in London. Antique rings of this type are in high demand by International collectors".

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