This wedding ring is inscribed on the inside with the words “Let virtue by thy Guide”. It was lost near Startforth at least 100 years ago and swallowed up by the soil until heavy rain when it was washed up on the surface and found in a field. The finder noted that it “had the appearance of having been caught fast in the plough”. We can only hope its owner didn’t lose their finger as well as the ring!
Rings symbolise many things including: wealth and status, power, membership of a specific group and friendship. Gold rings are most often associated with love as engagement and wedding symbols, they are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once believed that a vein connected this finger directly to the heart.
Did you know? Because rings are circles without a beginning or an end, many ancient cultures used them to symbolise the idea of wholeness, everlasting love and life.
Have a look in the drawers in the Silver and Metal Galley where you can admire even more than just 5 golden rings!