The word "MIZPAH" (sometimes written as "Mizpeh") is the Hebrew word for "watchtower," and a name from the Bible. Although it generally refers to a place near Gilead, it first appears in the book of Genesis, where it references a stone monument built by Jacob and Laban as a covenant of peace. The pillar of stones represented a bond between Jacob and Laban, leading the word "Mizpah" to hold a similar meaning. In Laban's words, "The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other." The word "Mizpah" has henceforth become recognized as a symbolic bond between two people, even when in absence of one another.
A wonderful "Mizpah" ring from the Victorian era (ca1892)! The smooth, wide band is crafted in 9kt gold, and is of English origin. The Hebrew word "MIZPAH" appears across the front of the band in raised, block letters. Stamped inside the shank are several English hallmarks, including the gold purity marks "9" and "375," a Birmingham anchor symbol, the date letter "S" (dating the piece to the year 1892), and the maker's initials "CYBS". This simple and stylish unisex ring would make a sentimental gift for a loved one, or a perfect addition to any antique collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 7.5, but could be re-sized if desired. The band measures 7mm wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or raised block letters.