Love's bliss 1916
Pair of antique rose gold wedding rings, Germany, dated 1916
To give each other rings as a sign of commitment and marriage, this tradition was already known in classical antiquity. In ancient Rome, however, usually only the woman wore such a ring - the man went out of the house without this visible sign. In the Middle Ages, the symbol of the wedding ring also found its way into the Christian Church. In 855, Pope Nicholas understood the piece of jewellery as an expression of the bond with the spouse, but also with God: for "just as the ring has no beginning and no end, so the relationship and the covenant with God should last forever." In earliest times, wedding rings were usually worn on the ring finger of the left hand. Even the ancient Egyptians and Romans believed that a vein, the so-called "vena amoris", the love vein, led directly from this finger to the heart. While in many western countries this custom is still adhered to today, in Germany, Central Europe and Scandinavia it is customary to wear the wedding ring on the right hand. Possibly to show the ring already at the greeting to the opposite openly visible. The shape of the rings often changed. Rings in the form of two interlocking hands are known, sometimes made of gold, but also of iron. Simple ribbon rings or richly ornamented pieces of jewellery - depending on the financial possibilities, the wedding ring was often used to express one's status. Today it is mostly a simple, restrained band of gold that is chosen as a sign of marriage. Simple and noble is also the pair of antique wedding rings presented here. The rings bear engravings inside that let us date the pair to 1916. They are made of fourteen carat, slightly reddish gold. The men's ring is a bit more strongly made than the women's ring, it is a bit more massive and thicker as well as a bit wider. We have not yet had the rings polished in order to be able to offer them as original as possible, but of course the old engravings can be polished out and the wear marks smoothed as well as the ring widths adjusted. Our goldsmith will be happy to adjust the rings to your new needs free of charge. The pair has been preserved in its original casket and is ready to seal the bond of life anew.
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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.
If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.