Gimmal rings have two or three hoops that fit together to form one complete ring. They were popular in the 16th & 17th centuries and often used as engagement rings. The engaged couple would each wear one hoop and then rejoin them to use as a wedding ring. The witness would hold the third piece of the ring until marriage.
I love this concept. Single solitaire engagement rings these days seem to have no real meaning - what does a single white stone say? Not too much. These rings were personal and had so much meaning. Two people joining together, intertwining their lives.
On the inside names and the date were engraved, or a message.
"My beginning and my end"
"Remember the past, and that there is a future."
I want to bring this concept back - it's like a locket with a secret, meaningful message inside, but no one else knows that it is anything more than a simple band. One day perhaps I will design my own, but for now, I hope to just see one of these stunning antique rings in person.