Historical Weddings: Martin Luther & Katharina Von Bora


Congratulations to Martin Luther and Katharina Von Bora, who celebrate their 425th wedding anniversary today!

The lovely couple as painted in 1526, a year into their marriage.


In addition to making the Protestant Reformation happen and forever altering the course of Western history, the Luthers were not afraid to show a little bling. The couples’ marriage rings attest to their unique taste:

Katharina's gold and ruby ring, Stadtgeshichtelichtes Museum, Leipzig.                                                                                           

Katharina's gold and ruby ring, Stadtgeshichtelichtes Museum, Leipzig.                                                                                           

Katharina’s golden engagement ring features a crucified Jesus surrounded by various torture instruments that were used at his execution (how romantic!).  Topping off the piece is a nice blood-red ruby.  The inside of the band is engraved with the couples’ initials and wedding date. Her original ring lives at the Stadtgeschichtelichtes museum in Leipzig.

 

An illustration of Martin's gimmel ring

An illustration of Martin's gimmel ring

Martin’s wedding ring was even more elaborate – made as a “gimmel,” or, “twin” ring,  the two halves open up to reveal the couples’ initials and a secret message. Written in German, the ring states “What God has joined let no man put asunder.” Crowning the intricate piece are a table-cut diamond and ruby.

Cheers to a couple who expressed the importance of individuality – right down to their wedding bands!