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Circles Unbroken: A Ring and a Promise
"A favorite piece of jewelry, the ring is also a symbol of love, of commitment, and of belonging. Let's look at the power of betrothal and wedding rings over the ages."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Rings representing love, betrothal and marriage probably are worn today at least as much for symbolic reasons as for ornament. Which statement is true?
"Gimmal" rings were popular for centuries as lover's tokens.
English goldsmiths prior to the 1940s could not sell rings as "wedding rings" if they tested less than 22 karat gold.
The diamond was popularized as the preeminent symbol of engagement only in the 20th century.
The wedding rings of the British royal family are traditionally made of Welsh gold, prized as the purest gold found in nature. At the end of the 20th century, how many gold mines were still commercially worked in Wales?
Richly ornamented wedding bands were popular during the Renaissance, but when Mary Tudor, queen of England, was asked which style and gems she preferred, she requested a plain hoop of gold with no decoration. What reason did she give?
"Because maidens were so married in the old days."
"Because I may be no beauty, but my promise is true as gold."
"Because true love needs no ornament."
"Because faith, hope, and love speak for themselves."
In medieval England, widows sometimes took vows of celibacy and wore special rings of widowhood. This was encouraged by their children, and husbands often bequeathed their estates to their widows specifically on this condition. What was the usual reason given?
They were jealous and resented the idea of their wives starting new lives.
A second husband might inherit the wife's property, so her children by the first husband could be left penniless.
Widows who remarried were considered less than respectable, and they didn't want the family name sullied.
They were afraid their wives would be too old and would look ridiculous in wedding finery.
Placement of the wedding ring has varied, depending on the customs of the time. On which finger(s) have wedding rings been worn?
Either hand, on any finger except the thumb.
Right hand, on any finger except the thumb and little finger.
Left hand, on any finger except the thumb.
Either hand, on any finger including the thumb.
Platinum first became a popular metal for wedding rings at approximately what time?
The custom of the double-ring wedding was revived and became popular during the Second World War.
Has it always been considered bad luck to be married with a second-hand ring?
No. The older ring was probably better value for the money.
Yes. Old rings should at least be melted down and remade.
No. In fact an heirloom ring can be especially appropriate.
Yes. All the sorrow of the previous marriage follows the ring.
Gold rings of the early 20th century are sometimes found with platinum applied over the traditional gold.
Rings made in the 14th-17th century are often found with secret messages engraved inside that only the wearer knew. What name is given to these?
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