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A glossary of jewellery terms


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F.& F. FELGER INC.   l    FABERGÉ   l    FACETING   l    FATTORINI & SONS   l    FEDE   l    FIGURAL   l    FILIGREE   l    FILIGREE ENAMEL   l    FLANKED SOLITAIRE   l    FLEUR DE LIS   l    FLORENTINE MOSAIC   l    FLUORESCENCE   l    FOB   l    FOIL BACKED   l    FONTANA   l    FOUQUET   l    FRANK WALTER LAWRENCE   l    FRED   l    FRÉDÉRIC CHARLES VICTOIRE DE VERNON   l    FRENCH CUT   l    FRENCH JET   l    FROMENT-MEURICE   l   

FEDE

The clasped hands, or fede motif (Italian for 'faith'), symbolises the marriage union as the joining of hands in a handshake marks the consecration of the marriage ceremony. It is one of the earliest and most enduring of motifs used in jewellery- seen as far back as Ancient Roman times.

Claddagh rings (two hands holding a crowned heart) seen from the Georgian period onwards are the evolved version of these fede rings.

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