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The lovers’ ring lost in a field 500 years ago

Eyes on the prize: A York museum staff member gets a closer look PICTURE: PA

A MEDIEVAL gold ring discovered in a field is likely to have been a 15th century love token, an expert says.

The band, found by a detectorist in York in 2016 and now on display at the Yorkshire Museum, is thought to have been owned by gentry or those ‘associated with royalty’ because it is set with a ruby and an emerald.

Adam Parker, of the Yorkshire Museum Trust, which bought the ring for £20,000, said emeralds were linked with chastity and rubies with love so it could have been ‘a betrothal charm’.

He said the ‘exotic’ ring, which was buried for 500 years, may have been dropped, or stolen and hidden.

It was likely to have had its origin in the Middle East or North Africa.