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Puzzle-ring; gold; four hoops; bezel a large central stud surrounded by eight of smaller size.
- Production date
Diameter: 0.80 inches
Weight: 92 grains
- Curator's comments
- Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.227.
In his manuscript catalogue of his collection of rings, Edmund Waterton records the purpose of these puzzle rings that was given by Fortunio Liceto of Genoa in his De annulis antiquis Librum singularem (published in Udine in 1645) - they are mnemonic or memory rings. The Spanish term for multi-hoop rings (memorias), supports the theory that they were worn with a hoop dangling for each matter of which the owner wished to be reminded. The ring shown has four interlocking wavy hoops; rings of this type exist with as many as a dozen fine hoops. The Spanish rings were often set round the hoops with small diamonds. These rings are very difficult to date, since they have always been popular as curiousities and are still made today.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number