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Edwardian 18k Gold Keeper Ring

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Edwardian 18k Gold Keeper Ring

$1,200.00


Description

DATE: Edwardian, 1903

An elegant antique keeper ring dating from the early 20th century. With clear Chester hallmarks indicating 18k gold, and that it was made in the year 1903. There are a few stories relating to the meaning behind a keeper ring. One harks back to a time (the 18th century) when rings were made to be worn over a glove, so a keeper ring (aka guard ring) was required to "keep" it in place when worn on the un-gloved finger. Another, more literal, explanation is that these were exchanged as betrothal rings one year before the engagement - sort of like saying "you're a keeper". In any event known examples date back at least as far as George III, who gave one to Queen Charlotte apparently to hold her immensely valuable diamond band securely in place.

MEASUREMENTS 

Width at head: 8.8mm

Width of band: 3.2mm

WEIGHT 

7.1g

MARKS 

English hallmarks for 18k gold, Chester 1903

CONDITION 

Excellent, with fine antique patina

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