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UNUSUAL ANTIQUE GEORGIAN 14K FEDE HANDSHAKE FRIENDSHIP RING

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    Posted 6 years ago

    Agram.m
    (711 items)

    The fede ring traditionally has the motif of two right hands, one female and the other male, clasped together or often holding a heart between them. The word ‘fede’ comes from the Italian 'mani in fede' which means 'hands in faith'. The fede ring dates back through antiquity and was popular during the Renaissance when it was given as a symbol of betrothal. It was popular throughout all the Middle Ages across all of Europe as a symbol of love and has continued to be worn in different forms to this day. Fede rings would very often be inscribed, usually in Latin or the local language. Their popularity ceased by the end of the 19th century.

    I'm glad to show you this Gold not marked but tested at 18 ct.(K) Fede Handshake Friendship Ring. In very good used condition.
    It is special that is worn on the one hand a signet ring.
    Weighs approximately 3/3.5 grams. USA Size 7 1/2.
    Solid and very wearable! A rare find!

    I have no idea what time this ring dating, perhaps you could give me some suggestions.

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    Comments

    1. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      I love the ring!
    2. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      Moonstonelover21 and aghcollect thank you both for your interest and loving.
    3. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      Elisabethan thanks for loving and liking the ring!
    4. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      Manikin thanks for loving.
    5. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      Tom61375 thanks for loving and looking
    6. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      vetraio50 and pops52 thank you both for your interest and loving
    7. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
      I completely thought it was a claddagh ring at first. Didn't know this style went beyond Ireland. Really popular now in the USA. Think this is really interesting.
    8. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      Hi Amber, As always, I thank you for your nice and kind comments. How are you?? I always follow your new purchases, and there are very interesting and beautiful pieces in! Have a good day!
    9. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Nice ring Agram! Didn't noticed the signet ring at once, amazing!
      My sentiment is not so antique as georgian, as rings were more delicate at this time, even for men.
      Very wearable!
    10. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      kyratango, nice to see your comment and noticed the signet ring. Thanks also for loving!
    11. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      racer4 and bratjdd thank you both for loving!
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      very beautiful!!
    13. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      SEAN68 nice compliment, thanks also for loving!
    14. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      your very welcome A.gram :)
    15. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      SEAN68 Thanks, my name Agram.m is my real name but then reversed; Marga
    16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Sorry . Marga :)
    17. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      I know these as a claddagh ring .
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claddagh_ring



    18. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      SEAN68, no sorry please, you couldn't know but now you do!
    19. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      ozmarty thanks for loving and your comment with useful link. My idea this is not a Scottish claddagh ring because they are mostly with a heart, this is not. But I don't know for sure of course.
    20. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      I gave my wife an antique one without heart for our betrothal . made in Australia by a maker with Irish liniage.
      Hand formed not cast .
      Love these
    21. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      ozmarty, what a nice gesture to your wife. Thanks for your compliment and loving. Do you have any idea of the origin or date of this ring?
    22. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      BelleEpoque thanks for your attention and loving!
    23. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      Difficult to date without some sort of makers / hallmarks marks .
      But the detective in me can make a few wild assumptions .....
      1. It is cast and not worker up by hand.( no pun meant!) can see this by looking at the inside where rough texture and hollow show this .
      2.The shank is not warn... so either the ring has not been worn often or has no gret age .
      " A ring shank is the body of a ring. The term is most often used in association with the erosion or wear that takes place on the lower portion of the ring. Jewelers will usually inspect the “shank” of your ring to be sure that it is not wearing too thin. Wear on a ring shank is most often caused by contact with hard surfaces or the constant erosion that takes place when a ring is worn against another ring."
      MY guess is the ring is probably 20th Century and has not been worn often perhaps put away as a keepsake.
      I like how the clasped hands have a heart shape in themselves.

    24. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      oops !! under 1. above meant to add so this shows mass production, or at lest many produced . Probable used the lost wax method .
    25. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      ozmarty, thanks for your very useful comment, again I learnt a lot. And also good you show me the clasped hands heart shape I didn't see up till you mentioned it.
    26. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      freiheit, Belltown, LeahGoodwin, Newtimes, and geo26e thank you all for loving!
    27. artislove artislove, 5 years ago
      in the 80s i saw a lot of people from suriname with these friendship rings,pretty good design!!!
    28. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      artislove thanks for your comment.

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