Puzzle Rings - Assembly Instructions

Assembling Four-Part Puzzle Rings
1. - The basic design of turkish puzzle ring consists of four bands which lock together to form one ring. Each of the four bands is linked with two OR three of the others.
There are two variations illustrated having the central crossovers in opposite directions.
  • In P1 each separate band links with all three of the others.
  • In P2 each separate band links with two of the others
  • Type P1 is somewhat easier to assemble than P2.
  • In both types, there are two outer bands A and D whose Vee-shapes cross over to form a central diamond or square, and two S-shaped bands B and C which link to form a central figure Eight.
  • One side of the central figure eight will be 'open', the other side 'closed' by a crossover.

    Before assembling:
  • Identify whether the ring is type P1 or type P2
  • Identify the outer Vee-shaped bands A and D

  • For a ring of type P1 this result should be relatively easily achieved if the 90 degree counter-rotation has been done the right way.

    If the ring is of type P2, then bands B and C may not notch together so easily. Try passing one of the bands B (or C) around the circle of A and D to the other side of C (or B) and again try notching them together.

  • Six, Eight and More Part Puzzle Rings

    Other types of puzzle ring may have six, eight or more bands. The basic method of assembly is similar, but two or four of the original bands will have been doubled up with either parallel or crossing bands that nest with them.

    The paired sets must each be identified before starting assembly by a similar method to the above, but there are many small variations of detail and pattern and linking.

    Hence, the details of assembly of puzzle rings of more than four parts are........ for want of a better word - indescribable as may be the state of frustration they can cause. Considerable patience and perseverance are required.

    One of the failings of puzzle rings, is that the multiple shanks all lie side-by-side at the back of the ring and each shank is inevitably thin. On many of the rings made in the Middle East, these shanks are made much too thin and they soon wear out and break. The more shanks there are, the thinner they are likely to be and the more difficult of repair. Frustrated wearers often have all the shanks soldered together.

    AMULET (Lionel Pepper) makes the two patterns of four-part puzzle ring P1 and P2 in gold and the heavier, simpler pattern (P1) in silver. The individual shanks are of substantial thickness - made to last - and the positive notching of each band to another makes them relatively easy to assemble.