Anglo-Saxon sapphire ring found in England

A gold and sapphire ring found in Yorkshire, England, likely belonged to royalty or to someone else of very high rank. The ring would have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon or a Viking. The ring is very high quality, even compared to other treasure of its time.

The sapphire is only the second found from the Anglo-Saxon period; the other is in the Queen's Imperial Crown. Researchers will be studying the microscopic composition of the stone to see how far it has travelled.

While they can only speculate that the ring belonged to an Anglo-Saxon royal family or Archbichop, they hope to narrow down the time period and provenance. [photo]