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18th Century Silver Nun's Ring

This rare silver ring belonged to an 18th century nun. She would have been given this ring when she took her vows and became a "Bride of Christ." Apparently, there was often an actual wedding ceremony that took place in which the nun-to-be donned bridal clothes including a white veil and was then given a wedding band such as this one. Ceremony complete, she would exchange her white veil for a black one and commence her new life of religious devotion. The exterior of the ring features a psalm in Latin rendered in Gothic lettering. It translates to "I have chosen to be neglected in the house of my God". The interior is engraved "Fiat Voluntas Tua" or "Thy will be done." The exterior is worn and the interior very crisp suggesting that this ring was probably never taken off.


  • Materials


  • Age

    c. 1700

  • Condition

    Very good - wear to the exterior commensurate with age and use

  • Stone

    4.5, cannot be resized; 4.2mm shank

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