A fascinating and heartbreakingly well-loved ring from Imperialist Russia. The words translate to something like "The most holy mother save us", and nearly all of the blue enamel has been rubbed away through wear (and possibly prayer.) Three hallmarks inside give us lots of details. One is an image of a peasant woman(!). Another is an assay stamp which was in use until 1908, so we know the ring was made before then. Last, we see the number 84, which meant "84 Zolotniks", or .875 silver, which was the legal minimum standard for jewelry beginning in 1798. At the time this ring was made, Russia was under the rule of Czar Nicholas 2, the Russian Revolution was still a few years in the future, and the people were among the poorest in Europe.