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19th CenturyBelgian Garnet HeartWedding Ring

This 19th century betrothal ring is fashioned 18k gold with a garnet heart in a closed back setting. The pear-shaped cut of this crimson gem was used to represent the heart for more than a century before it was eclipsed by the cleft heart we use today. The style of this Belgian (technically Flemmish) ring looks early 19th century, but if our research is accurate, it was actually made in (or around) the year 1847. How do we know this lovely garnet heart engagement ring comes from Belgium? Well, the interior is engraved with "Mgr [Monseigneur] Van Den Putte <3<3 (two overlapping hearts) M. Verhaegen." We were able to trace these Flemmish surnames to Felix Van Den Putte and Anna Maria Verhaegen who were married in Antwerp on February 3, 1847. This very special ring is a size 6 and cannot be resized without marring the engraving.


  • Materials

    Tests as 18k gold, garnet

  • Age

    Year of the marriage was 1847, but the style of the ring seems earlier - c. 1800

  • Condition


  • Size

    6, cannot be resized without damaging the engraving; 6.4mm x 5.6mm head

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