A Love Story, In Two Parts

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate GemologistRenaissance goldsmiths produced a new style of marriage ring known as the “gimmel ring,” which has two hoops that fan open from a pivot in the base. When shut, the hoops slide together so perfectly as to become distinguished as one ring, thus symbolizing the coming together of two lives truly as one. Around the year 1600, the gimmel began to incorporate another romantic symbol, two clasped hands. In the “fede” (the Italian word for “faith”) ring, the gimmel hoops ended in hands that clasped together when the ring was closed. To this, yet another symbol was added in the form of a heart. Some of the more elaborate fede rings feature delicately enameled hands grasping a diamond heart. Today’s engaged couples are faced with both traditional and contemporary choices. Given that wedding and engagement rings are a symbol of one’s love for the other, their purchase should to be given a great deal of consideration. Tradition, personal preference, and finances should all be taken into consideration. These are rings that will be worn until “death do you part.” Step into our store at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center to view our huge selection and to experience the type of service only we can offer. Should you have any questions or concerns please call us at 617-773-3636.See our outstanding selection of beautiful offerings at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center. Or reach us at 617-773-3636 or www.rogersjewelry.com


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