Late Victorian 15kt Clasped Hands + Heart Moveable Fede Gimmal Ring
Originating in Roman times, a fede ring consists of two clasped hands that meet in love, marriage, or friendship. A gimmal ring (also spelled "gimmel") is comprised of two or three separate rings that fit together to form a single ring. Popular in Western Europe during the 1700s-1800s, gimmal rings were often used as betrothal rings with symbolic meanings. Traditionally, the bride and groom would each wear a single ring, later combining them when joined in marriage. In the case of three-ring designs, a third person would wear a separate ring in witness of the marriage, which would later complete the three piece design. The combination of two hands and a heart in gimmal rings remained popular after the renaissance period, thanks in part to their sentimental nature.
This beautiful antique ring from the late Victorian era (ca1900) is a wonderful example of a traditional fede gimmel ring! Crafted in 15kt yellow gold, the moveable tri-ring design depicts two clasped hands that hide two small overlapping hearts underneath. The 3-dimensional hands fit perfectly together, and interlock at the center and when pulled open, the lovely hearts emerge from behind. The cuffed sleeves on each wrist symbolize male and female hands, joining together in love or betrothal. The three polished bands are hinged together with a small riveted pin at the back. A very collectible and sentimental late Victorian piece, it would make a special gift or unique accessory!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 9 and due to the unique 3-hoop feature of the design, the ring unfortunately cannot be resized. The centerpiece of the ring where the clasped hands meet measures approximately 3/8" wide and 1/8" tall. The tiny hearts inside measure a little more than 1/4" wide and a little more than 1/8" tall. The band measures approximately 2.5mm wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The moveable tri-ring design is secure and in excellent working condition.