February is the month of love and Saint Valentine’s day is approaching. Probably you are thinking this is the right moment to propose and you are looking for the right ring to gift to your beloved one. This is a very important choice and it very much depends on your partner’s liking, age and even on your budget.

A very unconventional ring is the Sardinian engagement one. It is very precious and original. Apart from its beauty and the particular technique used for its engraving, the story and the meaning behind it is very suggestive.

The meaning and the story behind this ring is taken directly from “the unknown story of the sardinian engagement ring“, an article by the Italian journalist Ilaria Muggianu Scanu.

The Tradition

In Sardinia, a man in love used to give as a present to his beloved woman  the gold thread woven by fairies (Janas) in a circle shape to embellish her ring finger.  As a matter of fact, in that point of the hand beats a small artery that rises from the arm and goes straight to the heart. The ring’s surface, embroidered with micro-spheres, symbolizes the wheat grains. It was a wish of prosperity for the couple that sealed the deal: engagement if the ring was a narrow strap, wedding if it was larger.

The origins

According to Ms. Muggianu Scanu’s findings, the old jewel sinks the first memory in the martial journey of Mercure. It was a French sailing vessel, exploded in the sea in 1812. After nearly two centuries, in 2001, the French shipwreck was found in Venetian waters, close to the nearby port of Venice. Most of the crew values were found on the vessel and among them a precious Sardinian ring. Considering the absence of women on the ship, it is easy to assume that the elaborate handwork was a token of love for who was expecting the navigator on the mainland.

The fine filigree

The enchantment that the sardinian ring tells with its beauty, it is increased by the charm tied to the uniqueness of each sample made of fine filigree. The fine filigree could only be worked by the skillful hands of the Sardinian goldsmiths Masters that created by hands those little masterpieces which, really, it was hard not to attribute to the skill of the divine fairies (Janas).

This story has all the romantic ingredients: beauty, love, secret meanings, divine fairies and even a lost love. Would all this make it the right engagement ring for you?