Gemstones Almandine Garnet Sterling Silver 925 Poison Compartment Ring
$75.00 This interesting sterling silver and red natural genuine almandine garnet locket or poison ring is very ornate with scrolls and beading around the setting and shoulders. . The top part with the garnet opens up. The closure on the ring is in good condition and works well. Garnet is one of the birthstones for January. This unusual vintage piece is marked "925" and is SIZE 8-1/2. Soft patina on the silver which can be lightly polished by the new owner if desired. Excellent condition.
Garnet is the birthstone for January. It is highly refractive making it a protective symbol, providing light in the darkness and causing enemies to flee. Due to its color, it is associated with blood and has healing qualities said to regenerate the body and spirit and to ward off sadness. Garnets are always natural gemstones and not heat treated since this does nothing to enhance its color.
Rings with compartments have been used for centuries to hold perfume, a lock of a loved one's hair, relics or other important items. Vessel rings originated in the Far East and India. Poison rings were popular in 16th century Europe and were used to slip poison into the enemy's food or drink or to commit suicide if captured.
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