Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart

Of all the rings given between two people in love, to my mind there is none more romantic than the fede ring. A beautiful symbol of love and commitment, two hands linked together protecting the heart (and love) underneath. Made in small quantities, lovely and rare, they are a collector's piece but they have an appeal for anyone with an ounce of romance in their souls. Clasped hands serving as a symbol of love and commitment has been popular since Roman times, although at that time it was called the dextrarum iunctio, fede being a later term used in the Victorian era. The clasped hands motif became popular again in the Middle Ages. But the movable fede ring, where the two hands unclasp and (if you're lucky) show a heart or double hearts underneath weren't really seen until the Renaissance. The word fede, comes from a phrase in Italian, `mani in fede' or `hands in trust.' Fede rings crop up here and there from the Renaissance through the Georgian period, but mostly disappeared after that. They regained a brief stint of popularity at the turn of the last century, during the early Edwardian period, which is when this particular ring dates from.*

This ring is a beautiful example of this rare type. The two hands are simply done in a Renaissance style, interlocking perfectly over the heart. Some fede rings are bigger or grander, and they are lovely in their own right, but there is something appealing in this more subtle fede ring. It is as though the hands and heart are meant to be a private message between lovers, not meant to be noticed by all and sundry, but instead a romantic secret hidden in plain sight.

Condition: Very good antique condition. Size 6 ½. Marked 14kt, also appears to be some sort of maker's mark, possibly two `H's or `N's inside a heart, but I can't be sure and I can't track it down. Minor scratches visible through loupe, only what would be expected with age. Please be aware that because of their complexity, fede rings cannot be sized.

*See Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love, and Loyalty, by Diana Scarisbrick for further information.

Item ID: 0064


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gold, Size: 6 1/2

Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart

Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart
Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart
Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart
Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart
Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart
Edwardian 14kt Fede Ring - Hands Clasped over Heart

Of all the rings given between two people in love, to my mind there is none more romantic than the fede ring. A beautiful symbol of love and commitment, two hands linked together protecting the heart (and love) underneath. Made in small quantities, lovely and rare, they are a collector's piece but they have an appeal for anyone with an ounce of romance in their souls. Clasped hands serving as a symbol of love and commitment has been popular since Roman times, although at that time it was called the dextrarum iunctio, fede being a later term used in the Victorian era. The clasped hands motif became popular again in the Middle Ages. But the movable fede ring, where the two hands unclasp and (if you're lucky) show a heart or double hearts underneath weren't really seen until the Renaissance. The word fede, comes from a phrase in Italian, `mani in fede' or `hands in trust.' Fede rings crop up here and there from the Renaissance through the Georgian period, but mostly disappeared after that. They regained a brief stint of popularity at the turn of the last century, during the early Edwardian period, which is when this particular ring dates from.*

This ring is a beautiful example of this rare type. The two hands are simply done in a Renaissance style, interlocking perfectly over the heart. Some fede rings are bigger or grander, and they are lovely in their own right, but there is something appealing in this more subtle fede ring. It is as though the hands and heart are meant to be a private message between lovers, not meant to be noticed by all and sundry, but instead a romantic secret hidden in plain sight.

Condition: Very good antique condition. Size 6 ½. Marked 14kt, also appears to be some sort of maker's mark, possibly two `H's or `N's inside a heart, but I can't be sure and I can't track it down. Minor scratches visible through loupe, only what would be expected with age. Please be aware that because of their complexity, fede rings cannot be sized.

*See Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love, and Loyalty, by Diana Scarisbrick for further information.

Item ID: 0064


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gold, Size: 6 1/2

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