Edwardian Six Band Puzzle Ring in 18k Gold

I took this ring apart under the allusion I’d be able to put it back together again with the utmost of ease. Unfortunately, for me and my ego, it took two other people to figure out how to place the six bands back together. Needless to say, this challenging ring’s beauty made up for the surprise challenge and I wore it for the rest of the week. Of course, the celebratory champagne after figuring out this puzzle, helped. This ring is stunning when in place, a circle of six rings, woven together in unity, like a masterpiece made for the finger.

This Edwardian gold puzzle ring was handcrafted around 1910 in England. It’s a size 11 and weighs 11.0 grams. It’s reminiscent of a love-knot ring and measures 13 x 18 x 4 mm off the finger. The band width is 6 mm at the back. It bears the gold purity mark, “18K”.

Not much is known about the history of these puzzle rings. It’s believed that it was developed as an elaborate version of the gimmel ring, which grew to popularity in the 1600’s. A gimmel ring consists of two interlocking bands. The bride would wear one hoop, and the groom the other, upon their engagement. On the wedding day, the bands would join together as one as a symbol of eternal love.

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Item ID: RGA20691VA



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