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Early 19th CenturyFrench Interlocking Fede Ringwith Concealed Dedication

The symbol of two clasped hands is an ancient, sentimental design that has historically been associated with fidelity and marriage. Interlocking "Fede" rings (from the Italian, for "trust" or "fidelity") or "Gimmel" rings (meaning "twin") were often used as betrothal tokens in 16th and 17th century Europe, but they remained popular until well after the Renaissance. Two or three bands are riveted together by a tiny pin (or in this case two pegs) that allow the separate components to come together as one - a tidy symbol of the union of two people.This remarkable 18k yellow gold ring features two beautifully rendered hands with petaled cuffs in rose and green gold. The engravings on the interior of the hoops read: "Amitie Pour La Vie" and "Paris Le 20 Januier 1830". This very rare and very special ring is a size 8.25 and cannot be resized.


  • Materials

    18k tri-color gold

  • Age

    Engraved for 1830

  • Condition

    Excellent - French owl hallmark

  • Size

    8.25, cannot be resized; 4.1mm x 17.5mm head, 1.3mm hoop

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