Friends can often be relied upon to give good advice. But sometimes it pays not to listen to them. When metal detectorist Lee Rossiter found a ring in a field near Harrogate, he showed it to one of his friends who suggested he should throw it away as it looked like costume jewellery. Luckily, Mr Rossiter ignored the advice, as the double bezel chased ring with a ruby and flower shaped emerald turned out to be a rare Tudor piece. What’s more Mr Rossiter has just sold the ring, which is engraved in Medieval French “ne mem – bon” with a heart at the end, for an undisclosed five figure sum to an antique dealer. As Mr Rossiter recalls “One of my friends said it was far too yellow to be real gold and looked like costume jewellery. He told me I should just throw it away but the ring was relatively heavy and I thought I better ask our dig organiser. Luckily, he confirmed that this was definitely an antique ring, most likely Tudor Gold.” Not bad going for the technical writer from Castleford who only took up metal detecting 18 months earlier when his daughter didn’t want the equipment he bought for her on an auction website. Hmm the editor wonders if his daughter might have second thoughts now.