Gimmel ring (chain)

Object Number: 
INV.1291
Date: 
1600-1800
Medium: 
Gold
Dimensions: 
overall (extended): 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 1 in. ( 1 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Gold gimmel fede ring with 5 interlocking bands, a shirt cuffed hand on each end; when assembled, the hands grasp.
Gallery Label: 
The term 'fede' is derived from the Italian word for trust; the clasped hands on this ring are a symbol of trust. Rings like this were popular from the 15th-18th centuries and were often given as engagement rings. Often the two bands with the hands were separated, and one worn by each betrothed. They were then joined by a gold or silver smith after the wedding.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group