This type of finger ring was often worn as a wedding ring or an engagement ring. We have come to think of it as merely a token of affection. The decoration shows a pair of clasped hands molded to form the bezel. We have seen examples in museums going back as early as the 15th century. The term "fede" was introduced in the early 1800s from the Italian and translated to mean "hands in trust". There are no distinguishing marks to help us determine the country of origin or the date of its creation. Therefore, we can go by examining other examples and our experience to make an educated guess.
The ring is guaranteed to be 18K gold and the head holds an array of colorful gems. The stones have been examined by gemologists.
However, disagreement persists that some are pastes and some are genuine. Without removing the stones from the mounting, it is difficult to determine the accuracy of claims. Bases on color , we could say there is a diamond, a sapphire, a ruby and an emerald. No guarantees!. There is an old 18k stamp on the inner shank. The underside of the head is unusual and provides a closed backing for the stones.
it will fit a size 4.5 ring finger. It weighs 3.2 grams. it is lovely on the hand alone or when paired with other period rings. It is in wonderful antique condition.
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