THE ROBERT PROCOP BRAND
Robert Procop is certainly not a small name in the jewelry design industry. He is a legendary designer who is acknowledged as one of the most knowledgeable diamond and gemstone expert in the world. At just 19, he already learned to cut gemstones and diamonds under the tutelage of master cutters. He mastered the use of light in maximizing the beauty of each stone he cuts. He specializes in finding rare stones and turning them into stunning limited-edition pieces of exceptional quality. This is the kind of experience and skill Robert Procop brings into the design of his poison ring.
Like the other rings in his collection, Robert Procop’s Poison Ring is adorned with precious stones that are expertly put together to give birth a truly exquisite piece. This ring is reminiscent of the absolute gorgeousness of Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring, a ring Robert Procop helped design. Despite already possessing the stunning quality common to jewelry designed by Robert Procop, this ring simply takes it up a notch with the fact that it is a poison ring.
WHAT IS A POISON RING?
A poison ring, otherwise called a pillbox ring, is a type of ring with a container under the bezel or inside the bezel, which could be used to hold various substances ranging from poison to perfume. Poison rings usually have a large stone bezel set into the band of the rings. The larger this stone, the better concealed the secret compartment which facilitates unnoticed dispersal of substances in the ring. The basic mechanics of the ring that allows it to be opened and closed is a small catch and hinge which enables a swinging motion.
Apart from poison, these rings were used to hold other less malicious items such as small capsules of fragrance, relics, bits of bone, fragments of flesh, locks of hair, and sometimes tiny portraits of loved ones. Nowadays, poison rings that can be bought as jewelry on Etsy have been put to new uses such as glitter storage, a secret note compartment, tic tac case, confetti container, and so on. Not all poison rings can be gotten as jewelry on Etsy though, some qualify as antiques and are collected all over the world.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF POISON RINGS
The elegance attributable to poison rings cannot be fully understood without a good knowledge of the appropriate historical context.
According to the article “A Ring to Die For: Poison Rings Hold Centuries of Secrets,” written by Mercy Waldie in 2001, poison rings originated in the ancient days of the Far East and India. The idea of wearing vessel rings got momentum and spread to other parts of Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and eventually found its way to Europe. The traditional poison ring had a tiny container hidden under a hinged cover.
These rings were recorded to be used by ancient Romans to commit suicide when an otherwise painful death is inevitable. The historian, Pliny, narrated an instance of this. He described how a Roman government official avoided torture by biting his poison ring. In another instance, teenage Emperor Heliogabalus (203 CE – 222 CE) was said to have always worn his poison ring. Although, he was said to have been assassinated before he could ingest its contents.
Furthermore, there are speculations that poison rings may have played a role in ending an aristocratic feud between two powerful families in the middle ages. Archeologists unearthed a bronze poison ring in the 21st century. It has been theorized that the poison ring may have been used by Dobrotitsa (1347-1386), the ruler of Despotate of Dodrudja, against an influential family in the Kaliakra fortress.
Poison rings also served a benign purpose in the Middle Ages. They were often used to store relics of saints, which were thought to protect one from various calamities and problems. Poison rings became popular in the sixteenth century when it was believed that they were used by the aristocracy to facilitate the poisoning of the food or drink of an enemy. Famously, Italian noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia is thought to have elegantly slain her foes with poison rings. These claims are, however, mostly unsubstantiated. Experts have noted that it would have been incredibly difficult to disguise the taste of poison while making a dose powerful enough to be fatal and little enough to fit into a ring. Hence, it is likely that victims of this kind of murder are few.
It is thus clear that both fact and fiction are intertwined in the history of poison rings. However, these rings still intrigue us with their dark and mysterious status. They also remain in fashion, as depicted by Robert Procop’s Poison Ring.
ROBERT PROCOP’S POISON RING
Robert Procop’s poison ring is what you get when you combine the brilliance of the Robert Procop brand and the sheer elegance of poison rings. The gothic theme of poison rings blends perfectly with Robert Procop’s legendary craftsmanship.
As is usual with poison rings, this ring holds a good number of secrets. Opening the bezel would reveal a small vessel concealing a diamond and emerald inlaid dagger attached by a chain. That’s not all though, behind the side doors is a concealed yellow diamond on one side and a golden peacock on the other.
The ring is saturated in blues and greens, with a surface that is more gemstone than metal. The piece features 2.52 cts. t.w. aquamarines, 1.17 cts. t.w. tsavorites, 2.24 cts. t.w. blue sapphires, 0.92 ct. t.w. white diamonds and 1.48 cts. t.w. emeralds. Its materials are rounded out with a mix of 18k yellow, white, and rose gold.
There is no doubt that this ring is of a one-of-a-kind quality. Its uniqueness is best described with the words of Procop himself “a jewel that has dimension, beauty, and mystery.” Thankfully, the Robert Procop firm plans to make many more poison rings, so be sure to keep an eye out for these beauties. ometimes tiny portraits of loved ones. Nowadays, poison rings that can be bought as jewelry on Etsy have been put to new uses such as glitter storage, a secret note compartment, tic tac case, confetti container, and so on. Not all poison rings can be gotten as jewelry on Etsy though, some qualify as antiques and are collected all over the world.