During the Renaissance, the act of committing to marriage took place as a formal ceremony with vows, considered sacred and unbreakable, exchanged. A ring was given by the man to the woman to bind the pledge and worn until the marriage. That practice is believed to derive from the custom of providing a bride’s price or dowry. This example is size 5 1/2 with an oval bezel with beaded surround, flanked by an arrangement of 3 small bosses in foliage, each side. With surface textured from burial, but well preserved, it has been professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored and is jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.