The Fede Gimmel ring originated in 16th century Italy as a betrothal ring. A betrothed couple would each wear one hand prior to the marriage. After the marriage, the third band, featuring either a single or a double heart, would be added. After the marriage the wife would wear all three bands. Fede Gimmel is an anglicized translation of the Italian word for "soulmate". Its characteristic clasped hands are a symbol of fidelity as they cover and protect the heart of the beloved. The Fede Gimmel style engagement ring was revived during the Victorian Era and became popular throughout the western world.
This antique piece comes from the Victorian revival period.
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