Gimmel (or Gimmal) rings are pretty special pieces. Usually made up of two or three rings, they come together to form one piece, featuring two clasped hands that sometimes hide a special message or symbol too. The clasped hands are said to represent the union of a couple upon marriage, making them truly sentimental and romantic pieces.
This particular vintage gold gimmel ring is made up of three rings, joined together by a small pin. The two clasped hands upon up to reveal a tiny hidden heart inside which has a little diamond in the centre, set into white gold. The ring is made of 9ct yellow gold and has British hallmarks which can be seen when the ring is opened up for 9ct gold, the maker 'IBB' and the Sheffield import mark that was used from 1906-1998. It's hard to date the ring exactly without a date hallmark but we believe it's approx 1990s in age.
The ring weighs approx 3.2g and measures approx 7.6mm at its widest point (the clasped hands) and is approx 1.75mm wide at its narrowest point (at the back of the ring shank).
Ring size - approx just over a US size 6 / approx a UK M (please note that due to the pattern all the way around the band, we wouldn't recommend resizing the ring)
Condition - The ring is in good vintage condition but it does show some signs of age and wear, including surface wear to the gold. The hands clasp firmly still when the ring is closed and the hinge mechanism of the pin still works well. Please note that the three rings that make up this piece do not completely come apart. To do this the pin would need to be removed by a jeweller. Please see photos.
*Please note the antique box pictured is not included in the sale but the ring will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch*
Vintage 9ct gold and diamond fede gimmel ring
All items are carefully wrapped and packaged in a gift pouch. In the UK, we always post items via Royal Mail's Special Delivery service which is fully tracked and insured. Items sent outside of the UK are sent via Royal Mail's International signed for service, which offers insurance for up to £250 and tracking.