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Forever More: Gimmel Fede Ring

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The fede ring has a long history dating back to antiquity. The major hallmark of this type of ring is the motif of two right hands traditionally one female and the other male, clasped together and holding a heart. Known from the original Italian “mani in fede” (hands in faith or trust), it was quite popular during the Renaissance and given as a token of betrothal.

This particular 10k yellow gold example is a form of the gimmel ring incorporating components of the older fede ring. A gimmel ring is composed of two or more bands joined together with a tiny pin that acts as a fulcrum or pivot enabling the bands to swivel, align and come together to form one ring to symbolize the union of two people.

Date: Circa mid 20th century.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/8 of an inch (0.4 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 2.3 grams (1.5 dwt).

Ring Size: US 5 (UK J-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 49.0 mm; Japan 9; Int. Dia. 15-3/4). This can be sized up, however note this requires two ring sizings and additional jeweler’s work. Please contact us with the size you need to obtain a quote. Ring sizing information.

Hallmarks: “10k”.

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: American.

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