Vintage 1940s sterling silver gimmel fede clasped hands ring with hidden heart

A ca. 1940s triple-band gimmel ring with clasped hands around a heart in the fede style. This style of ring is called a gimmel ring because of the interlocking "twin" (from "gemellus" in Latin) parts. It can also be called a fede ring when it features the clasped hands, an ancient symbol of good faith and trust. This style of ring has a rich, long history. Beautiful examples of gimmel rings from the 1500s-1800s can be found in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, for example. Gimmel rings were often used as a wedding rings because of the powerful symbolism of the interlocking bands.

The designer Samuel Kalina patented the design for this style of ring in 1940. His design features a pivoting "pin" at the back of the bands, securing them as they open and close. Friction between the bands and a gentle grip in the hand feature (as well as the pin) secure the bands together snugly. The hands clasp when the ring is "closed". There is cast detail on the cuffs and the top and bottom bands are intricately patterned. 

Measurements: Size 4 3/4 US
Era: 1940s
Markings: STERLING (faded)
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