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Antique English 18K Gold Braided "Keeper" Ring

This English braided 18K gold "Keeper" ring by a London jeweler dates from circa 1917. Designed with the romantic symbolism of double intertwined braids, this charming, handmade ring also incorporates a complex knot, giving this traditional late 19th century form an unusual extra twist.

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Item #: R-21303
Country: England
Circa: 1917
Size: 11 (this ring can be sized; please contact the gallery for further information)
Materials: 18K Gold
Signed: London assay marks for 18k, date letter 1917, maker's mark J.C

So-called "Keeper" rings derive from 18th century models. These bands were originally worn in pairs secure a more valuable, gem-set ring and prevent it from slipping from a gloved hand. In the late 19th century, when betrothal and wedding ring forms varied widely, these gold "keeper" rings were revived and re-designed with an intertwined braid motif to enhance their romantic significance. Long popular, they were traditionally exchanged to commemorate betrothal.