Medieval gold clasped hands fede ring. A gold ring, featuring to centre a finely carved pair of clasped hands with ornate raised carved cuffs with zig zag details terminating to ribbed borders, flanked by rounded board shoulders which continue to a solid D-shape shank. Tested yellow gold, approximately 7.7g in weight, circa 13th-15th century, accompanied by an Oxford Labs X-ray fluorescence report stating the composition of the metal.
This is an extremely fine example of the fede motif which has been used as early as the Roman period. During the height of its popularity in the 15th century the clasped hands were thought to symbolise love and betrothal. Therefore this motif is said to be one of the earliest symbols used on betrothal or marriage rings. This ring is in fine condition with an attractive patina.