Early medieval inscribed finger ring found in England

Antiquities specialist Brett Hammond was impressed with a medieval finger ring discovered by a metal detector from Hinckley, England. "It was clearly an important item of treasure. It is a gold ring possibly containing a rare black diamond," he said. (photo)

The black diamond would have been extremely rare in the Middle Ages and is expected to be worth tens of thousand of pounds. The inscription on the ring has yet to be deciphered.