You have the key
A charming love token ring, circa 1780. I cannot find a parallel example in jewellery reference books or museum collections. The high carat waved gold shank supports a head set with a foiled, heart-shaped almandine garnet. The hoop is inscribed in French : Vous avez la clef – you have the key. To the side of the garnet there is a miniature gold padlock locked with a tiny heart. The ring is size H [US 3 and 3/4]. A unique, precious little thing.