A metal detector discovers a medieval diamond ring with an estimated value of $47,000

written by Issy RonaldHafsa Khalil, CNN

Every metal detectorist dreams of unearthing something valuable. For one man, the English countryside yielded an incredible find when he stumbled upon a medieval diamond wedding ring in “almost perfect condition” near Thorncombe in the south-west of the country.

The item is now expected to fetch between £30,000 and £40,000 ($35,500 to $47,300) when it goes to auction later this month.

David Board, 69, found the “stunning” ring in his second attempt at becoming a metal detectorist after a stint in the 1970s where he scoured local beaches but found nothing of great importance, said a statement from auction house Noonans earlier this week. .

Board said the ring was “a once-in-a-lifetime find.”

During an interview with CNN, he said: “There will probably never be another one like this. Back then, each ring was individual and unique, not mass-produced like today. It’s impressive.”

Board began metal detecting again in 2019. During the second day of a field search, he had almost given up when he received a signal on his metal detector from a path.

Initially, the culprit appeared to be a candy wrapper, but Board soon realized it was a gold ring.

When he dug it up all covered in mud, Board said he thought it was just “junk” and put it in his pocket.

“It wasn’t until I got home and washed it that we realized it was a lot better than we thought,” she explained.

The inscription inside reads "I keep your faith, I keep mine," in french

The inscription inside reads “I keep your faith, keep mine,” in French. Credit: Noonans

The ring is in “near mint condition,” Nigel Mills, coin and antiques consultant at Noonans, said in the statement. The jewelry has a gold hoop with two intertwined bands to symbolize the marriage union and an inverted diamond set.

Inside the band is a medieval French inscription that reads, “Ieo vos tien foi tenes le moy,” which translates to, “I keep your faith, keep mine,” according to the auction house.

Because of the location of the find and the quality of the ring, Noonans experts assumed it was Joan Brook’s wedding ring, given to her by her husband, Thomas Brook.

Their marriage in 1388 brought great wealth to the Brook family, the statement said, as Joan was the widow of Robert Cheddar, a wealthy cloth merchant and two-time mayor of Bristol, a city in western England .

It was at a time when medieval notions of chivalry and courtly love were at their zenith, concepts the ring reflects, Noonans said.

Now known as Lady Brook’s Medieval Diamond Ring, the item will be auctioned on November 29.

The board goes out three times a week, weather permitting, in the hope of discovering another great relic among the muskets and coins of King George I.

“It would be amazing if it did,” he replied, adding “you never know what the next sign will be.”

The discovery adds to a list of incredible finds made by detectorists in the UK.

A hoard of Bronze Age artefacts was discovered by a hobbyist in a Scottish field in 2020, in what experts at the time called a “nationally significant” find.
And last year, CNN reported that a rookie detectorist in Denmark had found a trove of Iron Age gold artifacts.

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