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After 10 years and many, many hours spent on this puzzle, I'm slowly seeing it worn out more and more. I'm completely stuck and whenever I pick this up again I end up doing the same that I've already tried before.

An almost impossible one

First, has anyone ever solved this? I've had my doubts once in a while, but since it can be bought on This swedish puzzle-site it should be solvable. It is called "very difficult" on this page.

Can anyone help me to solve this puzzle?

EDIT: The ring can pass the black loop. The white loop on the wooden handle that holds the black loop can pass the big heart tightly. The ring can pass the loop sitting on the big heart. The ring fits on either side of the wooden handle.

EDIT2: More images of the puzzle form different angles: Puzzle angels

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you indicate which elements can pass through the others? Specifically, can the metal ring pass through the black loop? Can it pass through the loops holding the hearts? Can the small heart pass through the black loop? I assume the ring fits over either end of the wooden handle. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Jan 22 at 19:32
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    $\begingroup$ The ring can pass the black loop. The white loop on the wooden handle that holds the black loop can pass the big heart tightly. The ring can pass the loop sitting on the big heart. The ring fits on either side of the wooden handle. The small heart can pass through the black loop. (also added to the original post) $\endgroup$ – Niclas Jan 22 at 20:01
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It's hard to tell from the pictures how the strings are actually connected. I found this image on the shop's page you linked:

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and it seems you might possibly be able to do this to separate the big heart, clearing the path for the ring.

(Warning: the video in the link spoils an extremely good puzzle.)

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  • $\begingroup$ That technique is not possible on the big heart since the string is attached at one point and cant move freely as in the big ring int the video you linked. That technique on the black loop instead, requires the black loop to go through the hole in the wooden handle. That works, but the black loop only get out about 10mm and I don't know what more I can do from there. $\endgroup$ – Niclas Jan 23 at 16:19
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Partial idea: your puzzle looks slightly different from the one in the linked catalogue:

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There, the two white loops through the large heart and that end of the stick do not link: they are joined by the black loop. But in your picture they appear to be linked. Is there a clue in that?

The catalogue enlarged:
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Looking at the catalogue picture: suppose the black loop will pass over the large heart, then the large heart can be separated completely. After that, the ring will slide off.

If so, it only remains to return your mangled puzzle to the factory condition.

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  • $\begingroup$ Must be bad angles on my photos, I've updated my post with more photos on different angles and positions. The black loop can not go over the big heart. $\endgroup$ – Niclas Jan 23 at 16:22

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