EUROPEAN BETROTHAL RING 9th-12th CENTURY SIZE 2 1/4
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, or, often young girl, 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 2 1/4 with raised bordered oval bezel inscribed with a fir tree. Its size is indicative of a child betrothal, probably a girl of about 5. That practice was common as it bound families together long before the couple reached maturity. It has been professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored and is gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.