REVIVALIST RING WITH HAND HOLFING A HEART. Italy, Rome, signed Castellani, c. 1860–1870. Gold and ruby. In the nineteenth century, archaeological finds, especially in Rome, led to a greater interest in Antiquity and the revival of ancient styles. Ultimately the jewelry of the ancient Etruscans and Romans were the inspiration for “archaeological-style” jewelry, which was highly fashionable from about the 1860s to 1880s.
Rings Medieval, 1500-1530- gold, engraved Posy rings, the name deriving from poesy ('poetry'), are rings with inscriptions that express affection, friendship and love. Rhyming or cryptic inscriptions were fashionable from around 1200-1500, and were written in Latin but more commonly in French, the language of courtly love.