Minos suggested that if Theseus's divine parentage were anything but a figment of his imagination, the gods of the sea would sponsor him. So Minos threw his signet ring overboard and challenged Theseus to dive in and find it. Not only did the hero retrieve the ring from the underwater palace into which it had fallen, but he was given a jewelled crown by one of the Nereids, either Thetis or Amphitrite. Not long after he arrived in Crete Theseus encountered another sponsor in the form of Princess Ariadne, daughter of King Minos. She fell in love with him at first sight. It was Ariadne who gave Theseus a clew which she had obtained from the master craftsman Daedalus. In some versions of the myth it was an ordinary clew, which is to say a simple ball of thread. It was to prove invaluable in the quest to survive the terrors of the Labyrinth.