Puzzle ring

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This is a completed puzzle ring with six bands.
This is exactly the same ring broken apart into six separate rings. The rings are interlocked so as not to become misplaced.

A puzzle ring is a type of jewelry ring made up of four, six, eight, or twelve interconnected rings. Contemporary designs include rings of three, five or seven bands; reassembly is a form of mechanical puzzle. Many are Italian or English from the Renaissance period,[citation needed] although they are becoming more common in North America. They were likely developed from gimmal rings.[citation needed]

The puzzle ring is also sometimes known as the "Turkish wedding ring" or "harem ring". Per apocryphal legend, the ring would be given as a wedding ring, because if the wearer removed it to cheat on their spouse, they would be unable to reassemble the ring before its absence would be noticed.[1]


  1. ^ The Ohio Review. Ohio University. 1977. p. 31.