An item of gold jewellery discovered in Cork is believed to be 3,200 years old.

The National Museum of Ireland has been assessing a piece of gold jewellery that is believed to be over three thousand years old. The gold ribbon torc was discovered in Cork by an unnamed man.

Tim Keane of Michel Jewellers in Cork city could not believe his eyes when a longstanding customer arrived in his shop looking for a valuation on a piece of jewellery. When he told the customer what he thought the piece was, his face was priceless.

The piece is believed to a gold ribboned torc about 3,200 years old from the Bronze Age used as a child's necklace or worn around an adult's upper arm.

The finder wishes to remain anonymous and the location of the find is being kept a secret to protect it from treasure trove hunters.

The National Musuem of Ireland has now begun the process of assessing the piece and it will be several weeks before it can be confirmed if the Cork torc is genuine.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 November 2001. The reporter is Jennie O'Sullivan.