Wedding Ring Box
The top of the box was carved with a stylized tree of life. The corners of the top are representations of the ginkgo leaf. The inference of the ginkgo tree was used for a number of symbolic reasons that represent the relationship between the two individuals involved in this relationship. The ginkgo tree is "a symbol of unity of opposites, by some seen as a symbol of changelessness, possessing miraculous power, bearer of hope and of the immeasurable past, a symbol of love. Because of all its properties it is associated with longevity".
[sentiment underside of lid]
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
Pablo Neruda - Sonnet XVII