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Such a romantic piece of history. This Victorian era Fede Gimmel ring is composed of 3 separate rings joined at a pivot. Two hands fan out and then clasp together hiding a duo of hearts beneath. A perfect place to engrave the lover's initials or date. The fingers of each hand have been engraved to show each individual finger and at one time had much more intricate detailing. Though some of the features have been gently smoothed away the knuckles of the upper hand as well as the grooves between the fingers can still be seen. As you approach the cuffs of the hands you can see the black enameled crosses symbolizing the intertwining of two lives. A dimpled texture can be found throughout the cuffs as well, reminiscent of the great detail that went into forming this ring. The center band, along with the double hearts, has an eternity design of striations running the entire shank.

This 14k gold Gimmel ring is in wonderful antique condition. With the mellowing wear that has smoothed features over a few lifetimes. There is a light groove within the hearts were the bottom hand has rubbed. The pivot allows for the rings to be parted individually. Possibly a piece of it's past as it was traditional for the bride and groom to each wear one of the ring's bands before the ceremony and then reunite them when wed. The pivot does not appear to be damaged or broken and a jeweler could likely secure the open side. A perfect non-traditional wedding ring or token of love. Sizes approx. 6 1/2 and is not recommended for sizing. A brief history of the Fede Gimmel rings can be found below...







~ HEART IN HAND FEDE GIMMEL RING : THE FEDE RING HAS A LONG HISTORY DATING BACK TO ANTIQUITY. THE MAJOR TYPE OF THIS RING IS THE MOTIF OF TWO RIGHT HANDS TRADITIONALLY ONE FEMALE & THE OTHER MALE, CLASPED TOGETHER & HOLDING A HEART. KNOWN FROM THE ORIGINAL ITALIAN "MANI IN FEDE" (hands in faith or trust) IT WAS QUITE POPULAR DURING THE RENAISSANCE & GIVEN AS A TOKEN OF BETHROTHAL. THE PARTICULAR EXAMPLE IS A FORM OF THE GIMMEL RING INCORPORATING THE OLDER FEDE RING COMPONENTS. A GIMMEL RING IS COMPOSED OF TWO OR MORE (IN THIS CASE 3) BANDS JOINED TOGETHER WITH A TINY PIN THAT ACTS AS A FULCRUM OR PIVOT ENABLING THE BANDS TO SWIVEL, ALIGN & COME TOGETHER TO FORM ONE RING TO SYMBOLIZE THE UNION OF TWO PEOPLE. THE RINGS STYLIZED DEPICTION OF 2 CUFFED SLEEVES. WHEN THE HANDS ARE SLID OPEN, THE ICONIC HEART EMERGES FROM "WITHIN" THE HANDS TO DECLARE THE PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT & FIDELITY FROM ONE TO THE OTHER.










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SALE Cross My Heart - Rare 1800's 14k Gold and Enamel Fede Gimmel Ring

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Size: US 6.5
  • Material: solid gold
  • Feedback: 60 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
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