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French ANTIQUE Crowned HEART Cuffed HANDS Fede 18k Gold Victorian Ring Traditional Betrothal Wedding Band Engagement

French ANTIQUE Crowned HEART Cuffed HANDS Fede 18k Gold Victorian Ring Traditional Betrothal Wedding Band Engagement

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I am back from my inventory trips to Europe and listing an assortment of hand picked antique jewelry which I have selected one at a time from around the world. Some examples seen in the last photo - thanks for stopping by!


Wonderful French traditional antique regional betrothal or engagement ring from the 1800s depicting the fede hands holding a heart with a crowned top. This style of ring is called Bague de Foi in French, or "Faith Ring". The hands are represented with engraved fingers and scrolling cuff details at the shoulders of the ring. The band remains wide all the way around. A fede ring is a design of ring in which two hands meet representing love, friendship, engagement, marriage or betrothal. The name fede comes from the Italian phrase "mani in fede" or "hands clasped in faith."

This is an antique piece that I acquired in France from the 1800s early Victorian era. It wears as a beautiful stacker band with the lovely figural details, these pieces are becoming more and more scarce, as this tradition of rings fell out of use in the early 1900s. Regional, or folk jewelry, is defined by a particular style confined to a particular region.

French hallmark for 18k gold with an additional hallmark of a horse head.

Antique boxes, props, staircases and bannisters ; ) not included. Please note the measurements as I have small fingers and it can be difficult to determine scale from pictures.

Size 9, Ring face is 8.3mm north south. The piece weighs 2.1g.


Dainty hand feel with a blunt edge from age and wear. The top right side of the peaked crown has some wear, a rough finish and is slightly uneven but the piece is still very legible.

Please note that all my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. They will have patina, surface wear, a few small nicks. These pieces may also have evidence of a sizing, some build up around the stones and / or inclusions seen under magnification, typical for antique pieces. I have mentioned any noticeable issues above and they are all still wearable and eager to be loved and accepted for many years to come, (the preservation of antique jewelry, even those with signs of their age and history, is important to me. : )
But - Please note due to age, this piece is not in mint condition. Pictures also serve as part of the description and condition report so please utilize the zoom feature which will magnify any wear significantly more than what is visible to the eye while wearing : )

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