EUROPEAN BETROTHAL RING 9th-12th CENTURY, SIZE 12
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 7 1/2 with a 3.3mm rounded face band. The bezel is intricately detailed as a ringed central oval, probably representing a stone, flanked by three raised nubs on each side. It has been professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored and is gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. Excellent and good wearable size.