Rings were one of the most popular Medieval piece of jewellery, worn by both men and women across all levels of society. The imaginary of quatrefoil was used in Medieval Europe in heraldry and as a decorative motif for jewellery. Rings bearing a quatrefoil were worn as good luck charm. However, the quatrefoil became a popular motif in Christian symbology and iconography, always associated with the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Late Medieval Silver Ring with Quatrefoil Bezel
A Late Medieval silver ring featuring a round hoop and a bezel shaped like quatrefoil of four leaf clover with a central tear-drop shaped silver bead. Each leaf is finely detailed with incised lines, emulating the natural vein of the leaves. Some gilding visible to the clover’s leaves. UK ring size K.
Provenance: Ex. Faustus Gallery, Jermyn Street
Condition: Fine. The ring is suitable for modern wear with care.