A traditional puzzle ring
is a type of finger 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
from the Renaissance
period, although they are becoming more common in North America
They were developed from gimmal rings, which derive their name from the Latin gemelli, meaning "twins." Gimmal rings were mainly used as wedding rings, because the wearer could not cheat on their spouse without taking it off first and then putting it back together afterward.
They are also sometimes called Turkish Wedding Rings or Harem Rings.