Vintage Sterling Silver Black Onyx Secret Compartment Ring
Bold oval black onyx vintage ring with a secret compartment locket. Rendered in sterling silver, the oval stone is raised with a hinge on one side and clasp on the other. Inside, the secret compartment can hold two photographs or anything you desire. Becoming popular in Europe during the sixteenth century, a poison ring or pillbox ring is a type of ring with a container under the bezel or inside the bezel itself that could be used to hold poison or another substance. The poison ring was used either to slip poison into an enemy's food or drink, or to facilitate the suicide of the wearer in order to escape capture or torture.
Materials: Sterling Silver
Gemstone: Black Onyx - 22mm x 8mm
Ring size: 6.25 US, M 1/2 UK - The ring face measures 1 inch tall
Weight: 12.6 grams
Condition: Very good with no chips or nicks to the onyx and the compartment closing securely. Hinge is also tight and secure with no wobble. The sterling silver shows age appropriate wear and patina. The band is nice and thick as well. A marvelous vintage ring!