The Middleham Jewel
Above: The Middleham Jewel, Photograph by Christian Bickel.
Discovered by metal detectorist Ted Seaton in September 1985, near
Middleham Castle, Middleham, North Yorkshire, the Middleham
Jewel is an exquisitely engraved 15th century lozenge shaped gothic
reliquary pendant, set with a large sapphire.
Above: The back of the Middleham Jewel, Photograph by
After the discovery the jewel was declared not treasure
trove and sold at auction by Sotheby's in 1986 for �1.3 million, the buyer was
rumoured to be a high ranking member of the royal family.
The jewel would later be auctioned again achieving a
staggering �2.5 million, the buyer this time was the
Yorkshire Museum, where the jewel can be seen today.
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Middleham Jewel and Ring by John Cherry and edited
by Elizabeth Hartley York 1994 ISBN 0-905807-12-X