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2015.100.1.1.1 (RS243446)

Description

Men's gold ring with intaglio band of repeating hearts and interior inscription.

Details

Label
Stephen Borkowski and his partner Wilfrid J. Michaud, Jr. (1951-2002) fell in love with these romantic gold bands in the front window of Tiffany's while vacationing in Florida. Once they returned to Boston they made a trip to Copley Place, where they had Tiffany's customize each band with their initials and the dates of their decade of life together. Upon Wilfrid's death in 2002 Stephen added another engraving: "UBLUD," which stands for "united by love until death,” a phrase inspired by the 1968 film “Mayerling.” The couple was never able to officially marry as Massachusetts did not pass a marriage equality law until May, 2004.
Maker
Tiffany & Co. (Manufacturer)
Date
1996
Inscriptions
"1986 W.J.M. & S.H.B. 1996" (Engraved)
"TIFFANY & CO." (stamped)
"750" (Numbers stamped inside a lozenge)
"ITALY" (stamped)
Material
gold (metal)
Object type
Adornment; Body Adornments
Places
Italy
Descriptive terms
gold (metal)
Jewelry
Ring, Finger
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
7/8 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2015.100.1.1.1
Credit Line
Gift of Stephen H. Borkowski in honor of the Michaud-Borkowski families
GUSN
314043

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