16TH-17th century. During the Renaissance, the act of committing to marriage took place as a formal ceremony with vows, considered sacred and unbreakable exchanged. A ring was given by the man to the woman to bind the pledge and worn until the marriage. That practice is believed to derive from the custom of providing a bride’s price or dowry. This example is size 5 ¼ with narrow ridged band. The bezel is a dome on radiant base, flanked by marching smaller versions of the same. It has been professionally refurbished with the 24 karat gold surface restored and gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.