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The giving of silver gifts was incredibly important not only for everyday life but also in ritualistic ceremonies and were charged with deep symbolic and magical meanings.
After the wedding, it was customary for the mother of the bride to present the mother of the groom with a large ring as a sign of friendship and kinship. It is called a 'kudagi zhuzik' this is a large round or oval volumeric plate and is worn on two fingers simultaneously, the ring and middle fingers, most often on the right hand. The typical characteristic is the inset red stones, here in red glass which bring good health. There are variations in decorations but one often finds the two red insets parallel to each other which parallel with male and female components united by a family circle.
This ring is in excellent condition with a minor dent to the rear. These are very hard to find in such great condition now.
Diameter 6.7cms x 6cms
Ring sizes US 9.5 and 11
UK  exactly between S/T  and V/W
Weight 71 grams


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Huge Kazakh Mother-of-the-Bride silver ring, late 19th century

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