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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

"The Importance Of A Stone Washer!!!"

 Heritage pay £11,000 to return ancient ring

The Jadeite ring was made around 5000-3500 BC
The Jadeite ring was made around 5000-3500 BC

A NEOLITHIC stone ring will be returned to the Island after Jersey Heritage paid more than £11,000 for it at an auction in America.

The polished jadeite ring, which is 16 cm in diameter and thought to be 7,000 years old, was found in St Ouen in 1986 and sold to a private collector.

But Jersey Heritage, using funds donated by an anonymous member of the Société Jersiaise, purchased the artefact – at an auction held by Christie’s in New York on 7 December – for its Neolithic display at La Houge Bie.

Jersey Heritage’s curator of archaeology, Olga Finch, said that the ring was an extremely important piece of Jersey’s history and that it would be delivered to the Island in the next few weeks.

Jersey return for 7,000-year-old Neolithic ring

Neolithic jadeite ring  
The ring is made from stone which was quarried in the Alps

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A Neolithic stone ring which dates back more than 7,000 years is to be returned to Jersey.
La Societe Jersiaise and Jersey Heritage bought the polished jadeite ring for $17,500 (£11,291) at auction.
The ring, which was found in 1986 and sold to a private collector in 1993, is considered to be one of the island's most valuable archaeological treasures.
It is made from stone quarried in the Alps and was brought to Jersey by the first farmers who colonised the island.
'Sophisticated ancestors' Curator of archaeology at Jersey Heritage Olga Finch said: "It's incredible to think that as an important symbol of power and prestige, this beautiful stone ring passed hand to hand from its source in the Alps all the way to Jersey, 7,000 years ago.
"The skills and craftsmanship involved in making it demonstrates just how sophisticated our Neolithic ancestors were."
The ring, which was bought at an auction in New York, is to go on display at the Jersey Museum and La Hougue Bie.
Heritage groups in Jersey and the States of Jersey planning department are looking into introducing legislation that will give important archaeological and cultural artefacts protection.
There is currently no statutory obligation to report finds and no system to allow objects of great significance to be acquired for public benefit.


  1. "Heritage groups in Jersey and the States of Jersey planning department are looking into introducing legislation that will give important archaeological and cultural artefacts protection."

    Steal them for greedy Jersey they mean.

  2. It was bought by an anonymous donator on behalf of Jersey Herritage. Thats a good thing in my opinion.

    Also, how can you steal what is already your own. That is in response to anon above. Not sure where you are coming from re Steal them for greedy Jersey. It is just stopping future things being stolen from us. Do you get that? Ask the greeks what they think about having a shed load of their artifacts in museums around the world, in any other place than their own museums in the country they were made! I dont get your attitude on this.

  3. Nick Cave (no bad seeds)December 20, 2011 9:41 pm

    Steel them for greedy Jersey?

    This comment seems riddled with class anger.

    Our heritage is our heritidge. Our 'collective' heritage, regardless of class.

    Greedy people are not the only ones that think this stuff is important.

    I think its an incredible object with an amazing story and given the age its a bargin.

    And I'm piss poor and vote for progressives.

    So I'm left wondering if this post was designed to highlight the heritage, jep, balilhache connections.

    Ian help me out on this one!

  4. Florian De BibliotecqueDecember 20, 2011 9:54 pm

    There is no truth in the rumour that Philip Bailhache was the private benefactor and plans to have the stone inlaid into his walnut toilet seat in the master en-suite.

  5. ian seems the hackers are out in force mate,ive been done as well now,but there is more then 1 way to skin a cat,kee,yaeh keep smilin ya f****** cause me and ian will be back