Product Code: WG2694
A poison ring or pillbox ring is a type of ring with a container under the bezel or inside the bezel itself which could be used to hold poison or another substance; they became popular in Europe during the sixteenth century. The poison ring was used to store poison for an enemy or to facilitate the suicide of the wearer in order to preclude capture or torture. In Italy to this day pouring someone a drink whilst holding the bottle with the back of the hand facing downward, so as to let something drop from a ring bezel, is called versare alla traditora (“traitor’s way pouring”) and still considered offensive.
Rings like this have been used throughout history to carry perfume, locks of hair, devotional relics, messages and other keepsakes, so they have also been known by other names. This ring is hallmarked 925 for sterling silver and is available in several sizes. Comes complete in a black velvet gift box.
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