Gold rings were the most popular piece of jewellery to be worn in Medieval times by both men and women. Not only were they a way to display wealth and social status but they were also used as tokens of love and to ward-off misfortune. The rings were places on all fingers and at different joints on the hands. Gold and silver rings embellished with gems and precious stones were worn by royalty and nobility. The word quatrefoil translates from Latin meaning four leaves, the symbol its self represents good luck. Therefore, it is likely this ring would have been worn as a good luck charm.
Medieval Electrum Ring with Quatrefoil Motif
A fine Medieval ring cast from electrum featuring a round hoop with a scaphoid bezel. The ring is further embellished with incised scrolls along the shoulders and a quatrefoil motif across the bezel. A small etching is visible to the back of the hoop.
Closet UK ring size: H 1/2
Provenance: From the Abelita family collection, acquired London, UK, 1980-2015.
Condition: Excellent condition, minor marks to bezel.