Behold you are consecrated unto me with this ring according to the
law of Moses and Israel.
The above is the Jewish wedding vow. According to the Talmud it is
required that the ring belongs to the groom and it is to be of solid
metal with no gems adorning it. A simple unbroken band is used to
uphold the sacredness of marriage without materialistic detractions.
This still holds true today… but with the knowledge that once the
ceremony is over and she is his and he is hers… and the legal
procedures are over… and tradition has had its day in the sun…
well… there are prettier rings that you can get me when money isn’t
so tight hunny bunny.
Ah… but it t’weren’t always so. Nay nay. Let’s take a little trek
back to the sixteenth and seventeenth century Venice why don’t we.
Jewish wedding rings were a bit more ornate back then… and as often
as not they were ornately enameled and intricately decorated with
gold filigree of the highest artistic caliber.
Usually these were wide bands atop of which rested tiny–yet
accurate–representations of gabled houses and/or synagogues with
tall roofs and miniature gates that opened upward toward the heavens.
Often these rings had carved into them the words: Mazel Tov… which
means good luck.
After the ceremony… these rings were removed and held in safe
keeping by a family member. These rings were not your stuff of every
day wear folks. Like a Wedding Gown… they were to be used once and
then stored… for use by another perhaps… or not. But either
way… stored they were.
As it happens… I have one to show you. Who woulda thunk it?
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Current Tidbits… and then click on it in order to view a 16th
century gold Italian Jewish Wedding Ring.
And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.