The Victorian Turquoise & Gold Gimmel Ring

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The Victorian Turquoise & Gold Gimmel Ring

800.00

Metal: 14K Gold

Stone: Turquoise

Era: 1890-1900

Size: 6

What you Should Know: Bands open up to expose a third band with a heart. Stamped for 14k gold. Bands are hinged. Hinge is in pristine working condition. Contact us for custom engraving! 

*This ring is not resizable.

This beautiful late Victorian ring has a secret to share. Two interlocking clasped hands can pull apart to display a golden heart. The sweetest design, rooted in history.

From the Latin word “gemellus”, gimmel translates to twin. A perfect name for two rings that appear to be one. Two or three rings are connected by a joint and fit perfectly together to create one ring, often completing the intended design or motif. Gimmel rings became mainstream during the Renaissance, but we know they existed prior to that. Henry the III gifted a gimmel ring to the Count of Gynes, one his favorite pals, as a symbol of eternal friendship. They were more commonly used as betrothal rings, and the tradition was during the engagement the bride and groom each got one of the rings, and then the day of the marriage, the rings would be combined and worn by the bride. This heartwarming practice was a representation of two lives coming together to form one.

Gimmel rings were resurrected in Victorian fashion. Lover’s knots or clasped hands, were common themes and in extra special cases, like in this ring, the clasped hands would be safeguarding the couple’s love, symbolized as a heart. Crafted in a warm gold with turquoise accents giving each hand their very own bracelet, the incredible attention to detail on the construction of this ring is hard to miss. Swing the rings open to find a golden heart beating inside.

We love how you have the choice to keep this hidden detail as a private nod to love, or use it as the best conversation piece that could exist. Plus, each band is wide enough to place an engraving! A ring full of secret message potential.

 

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