A keeper ring is antique ring style with a woven or braided gold design. There are a variety of stories relating to the meaning behind a keeper ring. One is back to the 18th century when rings were made to be worn over a glove, so a keeper ring (aka guard ring) was required to "keep" it in place when worn on the un-gloved finger. Another, more literal, explanation is that these were exchanged as betrothal rings one year before the engagement, symbolizing "you're a keeper". In any event known examples date back at least as far as George III, who gave one to Queen Charlotte apparently to hold her immensely valuable diamond band securely in place.
- 18 karat gold
- 4.76 grams
- 6.65mm width at top, 3.35mm width at bottom
- Size 5.5, complimentary ring resize available upon request. Please note rings that have been resized are not eligible for return or exchange as we believe in preserving each piece's integrity. You may send a ring back to us for resizing at a later date if you would like to keep the option of making a return available to you. Please see our FAQs section for more information.
- Circa 1919, Chester. "T&S" makers mark and original hallmarks inside shank.