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This is a completed puzzle ring with six bands.
This is the same ring broken apart into six separate rings. The rings are interlocked so as not to become misplaced.

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. Puzzle rings often appear to be endless knots. Many think this points to Celtic heritage. Reassembly is a form of mechanical puzzle. Many are Italian or English 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.

A lot of international Police-Officers, who joined an international Mission, e.g. UNMIK, EUPOL, EUPM or EULEX, are wearing these rings as a so called "Mission Ring".[citation needed]

In 'The Puzzle Ring', a children's time travel adventure written by the Australian author Kate Forsyth, the heroine Hannah must search for the four lost loops of a puzzle ring in order to break an ancient fairy curse upon her family. The puzzle ring in the book is forged in the shape of a rose.[citation needed]

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