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Buttery Vintage Braid Ring

Buttery Vintage Braid Ring

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A late 20th-century ring inspired by a beloved Victorian style, that itself took cues from further antiquity, this gold band is styled as what is typically known as a "keeper" ring. It's debated whether the name and function comes from a practice of giving the simple, though often woven, gold bands as a pre-betrothal ring to indicate your intended is a keeper, or as a less-expensive ring worn on top of the betrothal ring to keep it in place - either way, the keeper ring generally came to be what we now consider the wedding band. The woven or braided style harkens back to early, pre-goldsmithing rings, made of woven reeds or leathers. While the style is no longer among the most popular as a wedding band, they're detailed enough to wear alone or a beautiful touch of texture and depth in a ring stack. This one features a wonderful weight and soft satiny finish.

Very good vintage condition with moderate wear and evidence of past resizing.

• 18k yellow gold, with Italian hallmarks
• Size 7 5/8 and can be resized within reason
• Face of ring measures 4.8mm wide, with a rise of 1.8mm; back of band measures 2mm wide and 0.7mm thick
• 3.4g
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