Gimmel ring (Twin ring)

Southern German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

This two-part ring of interlaced gold hoops is inscribed with a German phrase that translates to “Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” This type of ring was commonly used as a wedding band during the Renaissance. A gimmal ring with a similar message featured in the marriage ceremony of Protestant reformer Martin Luther (1483–1546) and Katharina von Bora (1499–1552), a former Cistercian nun.

Gimmel ring (Twin ring), Gold, enamel, rubies, emerald, Southern German

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