Joe’s Special Box – Volume 128

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

In the 16th century, an unusual ring was used for betrothals.  Similar to a puzzle ring, this piece was made from two individual bands.  The betrothed would each wear one loop until the time of the ceremony where the bands would then be reunited to create a complete ring.  This symbolic beauty is known as a gimmel ring (from the Latin word gemellus, meaning twin).  Sometimes the names of the two sweethearts would be inscribed inside the halves.  

In the 17th century, these unique rings began to include a pair of clasped hands and a heart, much like a claddagh ring.  Sometimes the heart was on a separate band.  This band was held by a third person who bore witness to the betrothal and then held on to the band until the marriage ceremony.  By the 18th century, there were often four or more components in a gimmel ring.  They were held together at the back with a singular pivot point allowing it to hinge out like a fan.

Is there anything more romantic than two becoming one?  A gimmel ring is the physical representation of the ultimate union.  Our ring is comprised of three individual bands.  It hinges at the back and fans out when separated.  From the Mid Century Modern period, this ring was made in the 1950’s.  Completely constructed fom 14 karat yellow gold, it depicts a heart clasped within a pair of joined hands.  

This tiny treasure is part of Joe’s private collection and is priced at just $350.00.  For additional details and photos, drop me a line…

“You can go to a museum and look, or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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