Celtic Knot Poison Ring
Sterling silver Celtic Knot Poison ring. Available in size 6 6, 7, and 8.
Poison rings became popular in Europe during the sixteenth century. They were used either to slip poison into an enemy’s food or drink, or to facilitate the suicide of the wearer in order to avoid 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 is still considered offensive. Rings like these have also been used throughout history to carry perfume, locks of hair, devotional relics, messages and other keepsakes. Artists would paint tiny portraits of loved ones, to be carried in what was called a “locket ring,” which was popular during the Renaissance. By the 17th century, jewelers were creating locket rings in the shape of caskets which served as mementos for mourners. These were called “funeral rings.”
6, 7, 8