Medieval Silver Betrothal Ring Flowering Heart of "Blossoming Love"
This is a charming medieval silver betrothal ring, dating to the 15th century. The bezel is decorated with a pair of hands, presenting a flowering heart. This design in medieval art refers to blossoming love, used as a metaphor of betrothal. This example retains traces of the original red polychrome on the flowers. A nice example of wearable jewelry from the turbulent period of the Wars of the Roses.
OBJECT: Betrothal Ring
DATE: c. 1420 - 1520 A.D.
RING SIZE: 8 3/4 (US) R 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 23mm x 22mm x 4mm (bezel 13mm x 11mm)
WEIGHT: 5.89 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Essex