Friday, March 13, 2020

Puzzle Ring for Historic Jamestowne in Virginia

     It is my pleasure to announce my connection to Historic Jamestowne in Virginia!  They are now offering select items in their gift shop, and I was able to work with them on a custom ring found in their collections!

     Historic Jamestowne in Virginia is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America.  It is a treasure for our country to be able to visit and understand what they went through, where they lived, and how they lived. 

Original Ring - it is thin

          The other item that I was able to help them realize as a reproduction, and offer in the shop, is the gold Gimmel/Puzzle ring that was found on-site and in their collections.

     The three gold wavy and twisted hoops fit together to form a finger ring called a puzzle ring.  The original has a small heart just found in the twist on one of the rings that also makes it unique and also a gimmel.  Gimmel rings, also called joint rings, were commonly used in the 16th and 17th century to signify a betrothal, marriage, or a friendship.  Finger rings were popular dress accessories at the time of Jamestown’s settlement. 

Reproduction Gimmel / Puzzle Ring

On my finger

     You can see lots of portraits and prints on my Pinterest board which I use for my research - including on that has 17th century and before portraits within it and another with rings.

     These rings are exclusive to Jamestowne, but will also be offered in my Etsy shop!  They will come in vermeil (gold-plate over sterling silver) and sterling silver.  So there is an option for those with allergies to gold plate.

     On my YouTube channel, I have created a video on just how to put the ring together.  You will receive a step by step picture guide on how to do this, but some people (like myself) learn better by mimicking.

The video can also be seen by clicking HERE