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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, enamelled and set with a diamond

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.224-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 8, shelf D, box 5

This intricate wedding ring is decorated with symbols of love and quotations from the marriage ceremony. The central motif comes from the Italian mani in fede (hands clasped in faith), which was a popular symbol of love. The three connecting hoops, each with an attached hand or heart, fit together and appear as one band when worn. The inscriptions can only be read when the hoops of the ring are opened out.

Physical description

A gimmel ring made of three interlocking hoops. When worn the diamond-set heart at the front of the ring is encircled by a pair of clasped hands

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1600-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, enamelled and set with a diamond

Marks and inscriptions

.MEIN. AN.FANCK. VND. ENDE.
my beginning and end
german; roman capitals; on the flat surface of the central hoop; enamelling

WAS. GOTT. ZVSAMEN. FVGET. SOLL.
what God has joined together should
german; roman capitals; on the flat surface of the left hoop; enamelling

KEIN. MENSCH. SCHEIDEN
no man put asunder
german; roman capitals; on the flat surface of the right hoop; enamelling

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.3 cm each hoop

Historical context note

The second quotation from the marriage service, indicates that the ring was used as a marriage ring

Descriptive line

Marriage gimmel ring, enamelled gold set with a diamond. Inscribed in German, 'my beginning and my end' and 'What God has joined together let no man put asunder'. Germany, about 1600-50.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustrated on cover of Gender, Sexuality, and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse, Pamela S. Hammons

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond

Techniques

Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Hands; Love; Hearts (motifs); Marriage; Indexes (motifs)

Categories

Images Online; Jewellery; Marriage; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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