Seller: britannia-antiquities (4,503) 100%, Location: Preston, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 401235227335 Unique christmas present: unusual xmas gift, Details: A genuine bronze age ring, presented here as a pendant. There are some who believe these to be a form of ancient Celtic money, though there is no actually evidence to support this, they have been found in considerable amounts together. However, I have bought artefacts in the past that have had these types of rings attached - bronze age and Roman harness for armour and horse for example. The ring has been expertly cleaned to reveal the original lustre. The inside of the ring has not been cleaned, and retains the original patina. This patina cannot be faked and attests to the rings authenticity. This is a genuine ancient artefact See picture for condition. Low start - No reserve Date:circa 1st/2nd century BC Size:inner diameter apx 17mm Investing in Ancient Artefacts. Ancient artefacts are finite, less are being discovered as time passes, and of course at some point in the future there will be no more. The quantity and availability of these ancient historic pieces is ever decreasing as collectors and museums purchase these objects and take them permanently off the market. Consequently, investment in antiquities is rising. Of course there are few of us who can afford to bid millions on objects like the Guennol Lioness, but, as availability decreases across the whole spectrum of ancient artefacts, investment is proving to be provident and wise, and most of all, for the sheer pleasure of owning a piece of ancient history. Concerning Fake artefacts on ebay Unfortunately ebay has attracted sellers who are producing and selling fake artefacts. PMC: Precious Metal Clay. A lot these fakes are made with silver, or precious metal clay kits. We have seen fake gold, and lots of fake silver "artefacts" on ebay. A little research into this area (wikipedia have a page on Precious Metal Clay) could save you a lot of money. We also see modern jewellery items passed off as ancient artefacts. Right now ebay is full of fake artefacts. Research before you invest! When buying an artefact it is always wise to do some research, there are plenty of reputable sites on-line, or books, that can act as guide to buying ancient artefacts. You will soon be able to see the difference between what a fake and real artefact look like - and what they should look like. Also, a little common sense may save you a small fortune; for example, does the seller seem to have an endless supply of such atractive artefacts that even the British Museum does not display?! We also encourage buyers to ask sellers questions, and if possible have the item you have bought verified that it is actually an ancient artefact. Or go to your local museum where you may find an expert who could identify the item. We have been dealing with artefacts for over 25 years, and have sold to museums, universities and celebrities. We are very careful about the artefacts that we list, but sometimes we too come across a fake, acquired in a lot, or auction, collection. When we are certain an item is fake, we destroy it, at our own loss, so that fakes cannot re-enter the market. . If you have any questions about your purchase, please feel free to get in touch. We endeavour to describe and show each item as accurately as possible, we deal only in genuine artefacts and offer a guaranteed full refund on all items returned to us in the condition purchased. Please view our other items, thank you for looking and good luck.