Antique Sterling Betrothal Ring with Clasped Hands over a heart

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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
Of the Period
Victorian
Place of Origin
Great Britain
Date of Manufacture
Circa 1850
Period
Late 19th Century
Metal
Sterling Silver
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
0.25 in. W
1 cm W
Dealer Location
Baltimore, MD
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU251332862
Address
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
PO Box 4684
Baltimore MD 21212
US
(410) 834-0533
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