Interlocking "Fede" (from the Italian, for "trust" or "fidelity") or "Gimmel" rings (meaning "twin") were often used as betrothal tokens in 16th and 17th century Europe, but they remained popular until well after the Renaissance. Two or three bands are riveted together by a tiny pin that allows the separate components to swivel apart and also to come together as one - a tidy symbol of the union of two people. Made around 1850, this Fede ring is unique for two reasons: the gem-studded bracelets (jewelry wearing jewelry!) and the tiny heart-shaped locket held safe between the hands. Make that three reasons - all the hoops are gorgeously engraved.Put Yr Little Hand in Mine
The use of garnets in jewelry rose to popularity Ancient Greece and remained en vogue throughout the entire Ancient Roman period. This Mid-Imperial Roman ring is set with a deep red oval garnet cabochon in a closed back collet setting. The minimal mounting features a wide gold halo around the fiery center stone and an ultra flat hoop.Pax Romana-Rama
The Grand Tour typically began in Dover, England and most travelers went to Spain, France, Germany, and Switzerland before the culmination of the trip in Italy. Throughout the tour one was supposed to acquire knowledge of language, politics, sport and art and become a generally more well-rounded person of privilege. During the same period the cameo (made from a variety of materials including shell, coral, onyx and lava) was experiencing great popularity and many of the most expert makers came from Italy. Lava from Mt. Vesuvius provided Italian cameo carvers a plentiful medium to create these miniature reliefs. These carved lava trinkets were favorite souvenirs of ladies who traveled to Italy. These earrings, a very unusual example of the style, feature two tiny heads of the Cane Corso - an old Italian breed that was used as a guard dog at the time these earrings were carved, but trace their ancestry back to Ancient Rome where they were used as catch dogs as well as in warfare.Dog People throughout history, Unite.