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VictorianFede Ringwith Rubies and Diamonds

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 that allows the separate components to swivel apart and also to come together as one - a tidy symbol of the union of two people. Made around 1850, this Fede ring is unique for two reasons: the gem-studded bracelets (jewelry wearing jewelry!) and the tiny heart-shaped locket held safe between the hands. Make that three reasons - all the hoops are gorgeously engraved. It's a size 7 and can't be re-sized.


  • Materials

    22k gold, 4 rose cut diamonds, 4 rubies, all stones approx. 1.2mm. Hoop is 2.3mm.

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition


  • Size

    This ring is currently a US size 7, and it cannot be re-sized.

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