Medieval silver gimmel ring. An articulated silver ring, formed from two interlinked bands, with incised details to both and each culminating in an outstretched hand, joining to the front to form a clasped hands or fede motif, approximately 2.07g in weight. Tested silver, circa 13th-15th century AD.
Gimmel rings first originated in the Middle Ages as a form of betrothal ring. The clasped hands fitting snugly together was symbolic of the matrimonial union, however the bands could also be disconnected and worn separately by each partner. The term 'gimmel' is derived from 'gemellus', the latin meaning 'twin'.