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Ancient Roman Fede Ring of Silver


In antiquity it was common to seal a business agreement with an exchange of ring and the contract of “marriage” was treated as such. Consequently it became an established custom to gift a ring as an antecedent confirming the agreement to marry.

Referred to as a fede ring or clasped hands ring in later centuries, during the time of the Romans this type of ring was often referred to as Concordia – for Concord, the goddess of harmony who was worshiped as the bringer of marital harmony.

Here the traditional motif of two right hands one female and the other male, clasped together referred to as “dextrarum iunctio” (giving or joining of right hands) in the first centuries of the Common Era has been crafted of silver rather than of the expected iron.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: More than 1/4 of an inch (0.7 cm) in width north to south on the hand and rises 1/16 of an inch (0.2 cm) from the finger. Weight of 2.2 grams (1.4 dwt).

Ring Size: US 4-1/2 (UK I; Euro 15-1/4; 48.5 mm) and can be sized. Ring sizing information.

Condition: Good for its age; ring is out of round and medium wear to sides and side detail but cuff and hands still distinct.

Date & Origin: Circa 2nd - 4th century and is Roman in origin.

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