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Treasure hunter John Bradbury finds Tudor ring
A metal detecting enthusiastic has struck gold after stumbling across a ring that is centuries old. John Bradbury was out metal detecting with friends in North Yorkshire when he discovered the ring which he dates back over 500 years to the Tudor era. The posey ring, which could be worth 6,000, is engraved with the words "Constant I Will Until I Die" on the inside. He says he knew it was Tudor because of the font of the engraving and lack of a hallmark, which were introduced on a wider scale in the 17th Century.

Man discovers a tudor wedding ring worth 10,000 using metal detector
A GOLD wedding ring thought to date from the Tudor period has been found by a metal detecting enthusiast. John Bradbury made the discovery of the woman`s medieval wedding band, complete with unreadable inscription, when he travelled to Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire.

Metal detector finds medieval silver ring in farm field
Brass band enthusiast Douglas Fletcher's keen ear has unearthed treasure. He was metal detecting on farmland in Flint when he discovered an almost pure silver medieval ring. His find had just as much to do with his musical ear, because his metal detector is designed to emit different high pitch sounds when it hits certain metals. "I am a musician... I have a very good ear for music, which is why I got this kind of metal detector which works more with sound. I've only found things like Victorian coins before, nothing like this." The 14th Century medieval ring (96-97% pure silver) was detected 6 inches below the surface.

Metal detectors Jacqueline and John Wilson struck gold when they unearthed a 1940s ring
Metal detectors Jacqueline and John Wilson discovered a 1940s wedding ring - their first gold object in two years of metal detecting - and now they want to find its owner so they can give it back. Mr Wilson detected the 18-carat gold ring in a field at Cawood, buried 4 inches deep. The ring is a thin band, inscribed with the names Denise and James and the date 1947. The couple belong to the Central Yorkshire Metal Detecting Club, which has offered to restore the ring because it is a bit bent. Jacqueline said that they enjoyed metal detecting so much they would be willing to use their metal detectors free of charge to help anyone else find treasured items which have been lost.

Treasure hunter finds 11th century gold ring with rare black diamond
A treasure hunter was amazed when he unearthed a historic gold ring with a rare black diamond set inside it in a muddy field. John Stevens couldn't believe his eyes when he rubbed off the soil and saw lettering revealing the ring was from the early medieval period, possibly the 11th century. It is thought the ring would have belonged to a wealthy person either from the Church, or possibly even royalty. Black diamonds are rare today and would have been even rarer 1,000 years ago, having come from Africa. The ring has not yet been appraised but is believed it could be worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Scots Treasure hunter finds 700-year-old gold and sapphire ring on farm
Amateur historian Gordon Innes found a 13th Century gold and sapphire ring while out metal detecting on farmland. At first he believed it was a child's ring, but assessors have confirmed it is a bishop's consecration ring and would have been buried with him - and is a major historical find. It is the only complete "cabochan" ring ever discovered in Scotland. Celestial blue sapphires, often from Ceylon, were set in clergymen's rings 7 centuries ago. Gordon, who has been detecting for 8 years and plans to share his payoff with the farm landowner, said: "I don't do it for financial gain. The best reward will be to see it in the National Museum."