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The above ring dates from the time of the Wars of the Roses. For this period it is unusual to see the use of an un-cut diamond crystal as these are more commonly seen in earlier rings of the 14th century, the point cut being more typical by the 15th century. Diamonds at this time were appreciated for their talismanic as well as physical qualities. For another example of a 15th century ring mounted with a diamond crystal and one showing similar cabling hoop detail C.f. O.M. Dalton, Catalogue of Finger Rings in the British Museum (1912) nos. 720 & 928; for an example of a point-cut diamond ring C.f. J. Boardman, D. Scarisbrick, The Ralph Harari Collection of Finger rings, (1977) p.72, no. 168.
Please note that this ring has been disclaimed by the British Museum, London ref. 2008 T368.