This is a rather charming Renaissance silver Fede/betrothal ring, dating to the mid 16th - 17th century AD. The ring depicts a pair of clasped hands between a heart, signifying requited love. The shoulders of the ring are decorated for enamel that appears to represent a chain, thus a firm and binding agreement. This symbolism would suggest the ring represents a betrothal or promise ring, given in mutual agreement of marriage.
Similar examples have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities under YORYM-05BC53, WILT-4C20D3 and ESS-6C969E. This is a very good example of this genre, intact and without restorations. This ring is suitable for contemporary wear with care!
OBJECT: Wedding/Fede Ring
DATE: c. 16th - 17th century AD
RING SIZE: 7 1/2 (US) P (UK)
SIZE: 20.7mm x 21.6mm x 2.1mm x 6.3mm
WEIGHT: 2.47 grams
PROVENANCE: From a European private collection, Netherlands.
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