Betrothal rings from northern Italy were common in the Jewish community between the sixteenth and eighteenth century.
Jewish Betrothal Ring by Unknown Artist, 16th17th century
© Jewish Museum London
- Gold filigree with enamel
- Diameter: 3.5 cm
- Acquired in:
- Presented by:
- Viscount Bearsted through The Art Fund
These adornments were far too large for actual wear - instead they were used more for ceremonial purposes. A bride-to-be would receive this from her fiancé one year before the marriage. The ring is illustrated with a gold filigree with large central bosses and small border bosses in blue and white. Its blue enamel roof is engraved with the Hebrew letter for 'Good Luck.'