Since the days of Ancient Rome, rings have been adapted to be not just decorative objects, but also useful ones. Sometimes they are also lockets (to hold poison as well as mementos), or they are watches, or as in the case of this ring, they are also keys. This dual use is both very clever, and also just plain good common sense. Since the ring is worn on the hand, the key remains as close to the owner as is possible and is always conveniently available when needed. This incredible, and very very rare Victorian piece holds a key that discreetly tucks into the head of the ring. The key would have opened a small box used to hold jewelry, money, or other valuables. The face of the ring features a heraldic antelope encircled by a garter and the motto "Data Fata Secutas" or "Following what is decreed by fate".
Hallmarked for 1876
7, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.8cm head, 2.7mm hoop
1837 — 1901
Rings with hidden keys are a great idea, but not a new one. Let’s go back 2000+ years.