Layaway of Victorian Fede Ring with Rubies and Diamonds

$1,400.00
About Details History

The symbol of two clasped hands is an ancient, sentimental design that has historically been associated with fidelity and marriage. Interlocking "Fede" rings (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. It's a size 7 and can't be re-sized. 

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  • Materials: 22k gold, 4 rose cut diamonds, 4 rubies, all stones approx. 1.2mm. Hoop is 2.3mm. 
  • Age: c. 1850
  • Condition: excellent
  • Size: This ring is currently a US size 7, and it cannot be re-sized.  
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC. 

 

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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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About Details History

The symbol of two clasped hands is an ancient, sentimental design that has historically been associated with fidelity and marriage. Interlocking "Fede" rings (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. It's a size 7 and can't be re-sized. 

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  • Materials: 22k gold, 4 rose cut diamonds, 4 rubies, all stones approx. 1.2mm. Hoop is 2.3mm. 
  • Age: c. 1850
  • Condition: excellent
  • Size: This ring is currently a US size 7, and it cannot be re-sized.  
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC. 

 

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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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