It seems in the past at least for Ashkenazim the wedding rings had houses on them (some of them had a hinge on the roof so that the house opened, from the top)
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But it seems not to be used anymore.
Are there Any halacha or Torah Sources that speak about this type of ring?

I understand that there is halacha E"H 31.2 about no stones but most of the houses do not have stones

(Does anyone know what the hinge was for?)

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    are you asking whether such rings are proper, or for any mention at all in literature?
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 8, 2017 at 2:35
  • Peter and Ruth Gays' book on German Jewry discusses how such a ring (usually owned by the kehilloh) would be used at a wedding, but a simple band would be worn afterward. I don't see how the schul's ring could be used, since it would need to be returned. Sep 8, 2017 at 3:06
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    I thought the reason for the minhag not to have stones was because of their unclear value, so there's a concern she'll over estimate it's worth. I don't see why a ring with a house on it would be any more clear. She might think it's a super fancy ring
    – robev
    Sep 8, 2017 at 3:07
  • @mevaqesh both 15 15
    – hazoriz
    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:31
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    @NoachMiFrankfurt "I don't see how the schul's ring could be used, since it would need to be returned". There's some nuance in that statement that I'm missing. As I understand it, the ring does need to be owned at the time of nissuin. Why couldn't the groom buy the ring from the shul and then sell it back after nissuin is finished?
    – DanF
    Sep 8, 2017 at 13:34

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Possibly because it has an engraving/etching, and would have the same problem as one - that she might think that she is being mekudeshes with the value of said engraving, and it is not be'etzem worth a prutah

Source for problem with etching: .שלחן העזר חלק ב, דף מ


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