The French Hope Faith & Charity Ring

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The French Hope Faith & Charity Ring

650.00
  1. Metal: 18K Gold

Stone: N/A

Size: 7

Era: 1850

What You Should Know: This ring is fully hallmarked.

According to the Victorians you had to have more than just faith.. You also had to have hope and charity.

During the Victorian era, symbolism was a prominent aspect of life, especially in clothing and accessories. Jewelry was a beautiful and everlasting way to interpret little messages, devotions, and relationships. It seems as though every detail had a purpose, and even though some Victorian pieces are ornate and aesthetically beautiful, nothing was left for frivolity. Everything in its place for a reason! From certain types of tiny engraved florals to the type of gemstone that was used, the smallest details mean something very special to its wearer.

In this classic Victorian gold ring, an anchor, a cross, and a heart made of enamel scroll across the surface. The cross was (obviously) used to represent the Christian faith, the anchor symbolized hope, and the heart embodied charity. The three virtues are pulled from a Biblical quote, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” We are especially fond of the anchor as hope since anchors are meant to strongly hold something in place, unwavering.

The combination of the three became a popular motif in the late 18th century and over the next century, it emerged as a classic theme in rings, pendants, and brooches. This ring is in pristine shape and perfectly exemplifies the symbolic nature of of the Victorian era.

 

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