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Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Regular price £355.00

Keeper rings, like many wedding traditions, are surrounded by a variety of legends. One of these dates back to the Victorian era (1837-1901) when the keeper ring is said to have represented that the receiver was worth “keeping.” It was considered a kind of pre-engagement or betrothal ring and was presented a year before the official engagement.

Whether you believe the Victorian keeper ring started this trend, the romantic “you’re a keeper” sentiment attached to the ring makes it a popular choice today as a unique wedding ring, engagement ring, eternity ring, and even an anniversary band. These keeper rings continued into the Edwardian era with styles that included elegant braided gold rings.

As time has marched on, the braided bands and gold beads of the keeper ring became wider and larger in line with fashions, and by the 1990s, when I began my jewellery career, they were huge and largely worn as a status symbol by men. I do enjoy the juxtaposition of romantic history with the tough-guy imagery!

This is the largest I currently carry, at four rows and a minimum of 6.6g. Available in sizes Q-Z. For sizes outside this range please contact me.

LAYAWAY: I offer layaway, which allows you to pay in instalments with no interest over a maximum time period of six months. This item could be paid for with:

A deposit of £160

2 instalments of from £159.50

4 instalments of £79.75

6 instalments of £53.15

Terms are flexible. Please contact me to initiate. PayPal required. You do not receive the item until fully paid for. See my Policies page for Ts&Cs.

In medieval times gold was considered good for your health, following the belief that something so beautiful and rare had to be good for you. I read recently that over 98% of all of the gold ever mined on our planet is believed to still be in circulation today. As gold effectively acts as a currency and can easily be melted down and converted to cash, this is the main reason why there is so little heritage jewellery that has survived the centuries. It’s not that gold is not durable; it is just the case that very few pieces have survived the various depressions and recessions. Once gold pieces are converted to cash they are normally melted, sold as bullion and then eventually resold to jewellers to manufacture back into jewellery. There is every chance that somebody reading this is wearing an item of gold jewellery, from which a portion of the metal in the piece was once worn by royalty.

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