I, Goudeles, give this engagement ring to Maria.
Like many female collectors, she was interested in jewelry and decorative arts and displayed them in a private space, arranging them according to her own exquisite taste. The engagement ring and other pieces of ancient and medieval jewelry were displayed in the Stathatos Mansion in a large closet that had been converted into a treasury for their display. These items were intensely personal.
Ashley Hilton, a student at the USC Keck School of Medicine, discusses the history of this Engagement Ring with a Greek Inscription and its collector, Eleni Stathatos, in her blog post, Put a Ring On It, part of the Getty’s Blogging Greece’s Byzantium series.