FINE EUROPEAN BETROTHAL RING 9th-12th CENT. JEWELRY, SIZE 10 1/2
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 10 1/2 with a concentric stepped rounded bezel flanked by a cluster of three nubs and three delicately pierced circles alternating. Well detailed, it has been professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored and is gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.