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Another obscure term associated with engraved rings: Fede ring. Most often this designation refers to rings that feature two hands clasped together. The Italian word féde means “faith”, “trust”, ‘fidelity’ and “commitment.” Interestingly, this word also means ‘engagement ring’, which is indicative of the fact that the two-hand design is not something that has always was necessary for fede rings. “Fede” can also be featured on the engraving. Such is this motto that uses a poetic form of ‘fede’, “fe”:


This phrase found on a fifteenth century ring means something along the lines of “Love cannot exist without trust”.

Of course, the clasped-hand design is now most famous as a feature of Irish Claddagh rings.