Jewish Betrothal Rings

History is punctuated with objects of art that serve as a bookmark, a reminder of the times and the society from which they came. From the earliest cave paintings to the American flag placed on the moon during the 1969 Apollo space mission, man has felt compelled to leave his mark. Jewish betrothal rings are one such mark of an age-old culture. Because of the historical destruction of so much of Jewish culture, the origins of these rings are difficult to pinpoint. With no pictorial or Talmudic references, we look to the rings themselves for clues to their origins. Tradition and the Jewish wedding ring. According to Jewish law, it is written that the groom shall “give to the bride a plain ring, with a value not less than one perutah” (the lowest denomination of coinage in Talmudic times). In this way, the intentions of the groom could be determined without doubt. Since the general

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