This is a rare Renaissance silver-gilt fede betrothal ring, dating to the 16th century. The bezel depicts a pair of clasped hands, from which a blossoming (flowering) heart emerges. This refers to 'blossoming' love, indicative of this being a betrothal or engagement ring. The openwork band represents two bands geometrically interlaced into a single band, alluding to two lives joined as one (again referring to a marriage). The ring is in excellent condition, intact and with a lovely lemon gold gilding. A fabulous early ring in wearable condition!
OBJECT: Betrothal Ring
DATE: c. 1480 - 1580 AD
RING SIZE: 8 (US) Q (UK)
SIZE: 21.58mm x 21.34mm x 5.27mm
WEIGHT: 3.82 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection London, originally acquired from Peter Szuhay (London)
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