Roman Marriage Ring with Clasped Hands. oman, 3rd century AD. The primary focus of the present ring is the clasped hands motif, an indication that this was a betrothal or wedding ring. A betrothal ring combined the function of our engagement and wedding rings. There is no evidence that a ring had any significance in marriage in the early Near East, and a Greek or Roman origin is probable. This and more rare jewelry for sale on Curatorseye.com.