Medieval Rings

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Give a gift of love for Valentine’s Day!

February 2018

Give a gift of love for Valentine’s Day! Diamond rings are not the only symbols of love (“A Diamond is Forever”).  Renaissance and Baroque rings evoke the amorous with exuberant hearts as well as glittering gemstones.  A charming fede ring with a bright red enamel heart is dated inside the band 1601 and bears the initials “ECVB” (a couple’s anniversary?).  Also with joined hands, gimmel rings (from the word “twin”) slide open to reveal hidden inscriptions known only to lovers. But, of course, there’s the ubiquitous diamond – here a cluster ring with rose-cut stones that sparkle in the glow of candlelight as much today as it did when it was first worn on a lover's hand!

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