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Love ring

Italy, Umbria

15th century

Silver ring, the hollow hoop decorated in niello with intertwined ribbons over a fluted band, inscribed AMO/RE VO/LE VO/LE FE (Do as your heart prompts you)

20.37 mm internal ring diameter; 16.26 g weight

Bought in Rome

Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; WA1897.CDEF.F420

Scarisbrick and Henig, Finger Rings, 2003, pl. 15.2