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Wedding ring


The token of marriage given by the bridegroom to the bride during the betrothal section of the marriage ceremony.


Jewish wedding rings survive from medieval hoards. Most large house-shaped rings are now acknowledged to be a later type, possibly made for collectors in the 19th century. The authenticity of rings of this type was questioned as early as 1871.


  • Hebrewטבעת נישואין
  • GermanHochzeitsring
  • RussianОбручальное кольцо
  • FrenchAlliance
  • DutchTrouwring
  • ItalianAnello nuziale
  • CzechSvatební prsten
  • HungarianJegygyűrű
  • SpanishAnillo de boda
  • GreekΓαμήλιο δαχτυλίδι
  • PolishPierścień ślubny
  • Arabicخاتم الزواج
  • Yiddishחתונה־רינג
  • LadinoAniyo


Gutmann, Joseph. “‘With This Ring I Thee Wed’: Unusual Jewish Wedding Rings.” For Everything a Season: Proceedings of the Symposium on Jewish Ritual Art, edited by Joseph Gutman, Cleveland: Cleveland State University, 2002, pp. 133-44.

Mann, Vivian B. “The First English Collector of Jewish Wedding Rings and their Dealers.” Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, vol. 11, no. 2, 2018, pp. 177-85.

Pappenheim, Shlomo. “The Wedding Ring.” The Jewish Wedding, New York: Yeshiva University Museum, 1977, pp. 45-51.

Seidmann, Gertrude. “Marriage Rings Jewish Style.” Connoisseur, 1981, pp. 48-51.

Seidmann, Gertrude. “Jewish Marriage Rings.” The International Silver & Jewellery Fair & Jewish Marriage Rings Seminar, 1989, pp. 29-34.

Sperber, Daniel. “Betrothal Rings.” The Jewish Life Cycle: Custom, Lore and Iconography – Jewish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave, Ramat Gan and Oxford: Bar-Ilan University Press and Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 158-65.

Adler, Cyrus, and Albert Wolf. “Rings.” Jewish Encyclopedia: The Unedited Full-Text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia.

Holocomb, Melanie. “Whoever Hid the Colmar Treasure Inside a Wall Managed to Protect it from Looters but was not so Lucky Themselves.” Shared History Project, Leo Baeck Institute, 12 Feb. 2021.

Holocomb, Melanie. “Who Once Wore this Exquisite Ring.” Shared History Project, Leo Baeck Institute, 12 Feb. 2021.

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