What is a Fede Ring?
The imagery of clasped hands has a long and storied history in rings. Often called fede rings after the Italian mani in fede, or "hands in faith," this imagery dates back to Ancient Greek and Roman cultures where a handshake, called dextrarum iunctio, or "joining right hands" in Latin, often represented couples joined in marriage.
A short history of metalwork depicting floral elements, hammered gold leaves and Greek gold wreaths.
The History of Poesy Rings
A brief history of rings with inscriptions of love and whimsy, often called 'poesie' or 'poesy' rings.