European Betrothal Ring 9th-12th C., Size 9 1/2
During the Middle Ages, 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 9 1/2 with a rounded band, 2.6mm at the bottom. The elongated diamond shaped bezel is flanked by pairs of nubs forming trefoils. It has been professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored and is Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.