Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1996

GUSN

GUSN-314043

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

rings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
Jewelry
Ring, Finger
Ring, Finger

Label

"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Stephen Borkowski (b. 1954)and his partner Wilfrid J. Michaud (1951-2002) fell in love with these romantic gold bands when they saw them in the front window of Tiffany & Co. in Palm Beach, Florida. Once they returned to Boston they made a trip to Tiffany's, at Copley Place, where they had the jeweler 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, inspired by the classic 1968 film Mayerling. The couple could not officially wed as Massachusetts did not pass a marriage equality law until May 2004.

Inscription

"1986 W.J.M. & S.H.B. 1996" (Engraved)
"TIFFANY & CO." (stamped)
"750" (Numbers stamped inside a lozenge)
"ITALY" (stamped)

Additional Identification Number

1298.1
1079

Maker

Tiffany & Co. (Manufacturer)

Object Type

Adornment; Body Adornments

Dimensions

7/8 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Stephen H. Borkowski in honor of the Michaud-Borkowski families

Accession Number

2015.100.1.1.1

Places

Italy