The Victorian MIZPAH Ring

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The Victorian MIZPAH Ring

995.00

Metal: 18K Gold 

Stones: None

Size: 6.5

Band Width: 6mm

Era: 1850

What You Should Know: Band is fully hallmarked 

*This Ring Can Be Resized.

The Victorian Era was heavily sentimental with meaning and symbolism reaching into every aspect of design. With a time period dripping in such affection, there is one theme that rules them all. Mizpah.

During the mid to late 1800’s, jewelry with the word mizpah was adored and exchanged between two sweethearts. The word mizpah comes from the Hebrew word for watchtower (no coincidence there). It represents an emotional bond, the gravity of which was hard to articulate. Mizpah jewelry was most often given to your beloved when a long separation was in the foreseeable future. With the great expansion of the British empire, travel was suddenly a feasible venture and would last months. The Crimean War called British soldiers away from their wives and children. The American Civil War did the same, with no indication of a return. Mizpah jewelry was used as a lasting and tangible declaration of love and devotion, and as a protective keepsake. People truly believed in the power of mizpah, hoping their love translated into adornment would provide safety and bring them together again again one day. These pieces were exchanged out of necessity.

We can’t imagine what this Victorian Mizpah Ring meant to its original owner. The simplicity of its design and strength of its metal denotes the significance of its meaning. It surely carries love within. 

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