Sapphire find a Royal ring?

The Escrick ring measures 2.5cm and is made from gold, sapphire and glass Credit: Yorkshire Museum

A sapphire ring which was found by a man with a metal detector near York is thought to be hundreds of years older than originally thought, and possibly has royal connections.

World experts studying the Escrick ring believe it dates back to 5th or 6th century Europe and would have belonged to a king, leader or consort, not a 10th century Bishop as previously thought.

Technology such as X-Rays will be carried out to find out how it was made. The ring has been acquired by the Yorkshire Museum.