03:34AM, Wednesday 07 December 2011
Treasures from the Bronze Age go on view at Windsor Museum in Windsor's Guildhall on Saturday.
They were discovered at a secret site within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The exact location is being kept a mystery to prevent 'treasure hunters' converging on the scene.
A small twisted gold bracelet and five gold rings are believed to have been panned in Wales or Ireland and worked by Bronze Age craftsmen 3,000 years ago.
Museum curator Caroline McCutcheon said the craftsmanship on display was remarkable, suggesting intricate work that would be done by a machine today.
She said: "We think the rings are too small to have been worn on fingers but may have been worn as earrings or as nose rings. If nothing else it proves that fashion makes a comeback because you'll see people in the Royal Borough wearing nose rings now."
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