SIGNET RING WITH TRUE LOVER’S KNOT AND THE INITIALS “AI”
England, 17th century
A signet ring was generally a form of identification with a practical purpose of being used for sealing a personal motif into hot wax as a form of authentication and therefore the imagery is back to front. Some seal rings, though, were simply worn as decorative rings, as in this case.The wide gold hoop is plain, flat inside and slightly rounded on the outside. The shoulder expands and merges into a flat round-shaped bezel with engraved initials “A” and “I” conjoined by a true lover’s knot and indented surrounding border. The ring is in good wearable condition.