This pendant is made of gold set with diamonds and a single ruby decorated with enamel.

It is from the late Tudor period and notable for the use of diamonds. Pendants such as this were worn by aristocratic, or even royal, women in various ways; attached to clothing or hanging from chains or ribbons. Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service has a collections of portraits of individuals wearing costume and jewellery of the same period.


Discovered by a metal detectorist near Brentwood, Essex and declared Treasure in 2007.

Colchester Castle

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
01206 282 939

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Sun from 11am)

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