Jewish wedding ring

Unknown17th century

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum

Pforzheim Jewellery Museum

Jewish wedding rings are used exclusively as ritual rings during the wedding ceremony, when the groom slips the ring onto the index finger of his bride’s right hand as a symbol of the bride price. Most of the historical samples date back to the time between the 8th and the 17th centuries. Many of them are elaborately decorated with enamel and filigree work, and are complemented by a miniature aedicula – representing Solomon’s Temple or a synagogue – or bear the Hebrew »mazel tov« inscription, which literally means »good luck« but is commonly used to express »congratulations«.

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  • Title: Jewish wedding ring
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Location: Eastern Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: w1.9 x h3.9 cm
  • Provenance: © Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim
  • Type: Jewellery
  • Photographer: Petra Jaschke
  • Medium: Gold, enamel