The name fede gimmel, used to describe this style of handclasp ring, is a phrase I always translated (in my head, without thinking, and much to my own amusement) as “loyalty puzzle—” because loyalty can be a puzzle, no?! The gimmel part of the phrase actually comes from the French word gemellus (Gemini, anyone?) meaning twin, and the earliest examples were not hinged like the Georgian and Victorian fede gimmel rings we sometimes see offered for sale . . . those early rings puzzled together, but came completely apart and were worn individually for the engagement period, only to be rejoined, and worn as one ring, once a marriage was sealed. ⠀⠀ This unusual, 14k gold fede gimmel ring was hand-made (probably in the United States) in the last half of the 20th century (c.1980), with a combination of expert casting and fabricating skills. It is marked with the artist’s cypher, and for 14k gold. The miniature hands are highly realistic, human, and genderless. They hide a small heart.