Antique Sterling Betrothal Ring with Clasped Hands over a heart

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About

Victorian silver puzzle ring with two hands covering a heart.  This ring consists of 3 rings held together by clasped hands, the sentimental symbol of friendship and love.  This genre of ring, known as a fede gimmel, was used since the 16th century as a betrothal ring.  When the hands open the 3 rings separate and the heart is exposed.  When they close only the two clasped hands are visible.  Fede comes from the Italian word meaning trust, while gimmel comes from the Latin word gemellus,  meaning twins. The ring is size 7 1/2 and measures 1/4" at its widest.

Details

  • Creator
    Unknown
  • Of the Period
    Victorian
  • Place of Origin
    Great Britain
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    0.25 in. W
    1 cm W
  • Dealer Location
    Baltimore, MD
  • Reference Number
    LU251332862
About the Seller

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Located in Baltimore, MD

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