PAS Finds: week ended 10 December 2021
My selection from the 427 finds recorded at the PAS for the week ended 10 December 2021.
Gold puzzle ring
A gold puzzle finger ring thought to date to AD 1700 – 1900 consisting of three interlinking gold hoops. There seem to be a few theories as to the origin of these rings
Turkish puzzle rings
These rings are sometimes called Turkish puzzle rings although there is little evidence that they originated there. The story goes that a Turkish king wanted to ensure the faithfulness of his wife. He commissioned the royal jeweler to design a ring that would fall apart, if the queen were to remove it (presumably to commit adultery).
The idea behind puzzle rings is very similar to that of gimmal rings. In the 16th and 17th centuries, such rings were fashionable in England. On becoming engaged engaged the couple would wear one hoop each and rejoin them to use as a wedding ring. With triple link rings, a third person could witness the couple’s vows and hold the third part of the ring until the marriage.