Archaeology experts will descend on York later this month in an attempt to deduce the true story behind a £35,000 Medieval ring unearthed in a field in nearby Escrick in 2009.
Despite being declared nationally important when it was found by Michael Greenhorn, a metal detectorist from the York and District Metal Detecting Club, analysts have been unable to add historical context to the 2.5 metre-wide discovery, which is thought to be the second-earliest example of sapphire jewellery in Britain.
Researchers from the University of York and representatives from the museum will meet the maker of a replica ring from the Little Diamond Shop in York.
Together, they hope to elaborate on initial suggestions that the exquisitely-formed piece was made for a high-status, post-5th century figure, with their debate expected to focus on the style, materials and craftsmanship behind the gold and prestige glass sculpture.
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