LATE RENAISSANCE DIAMOND CLUSTER RING WITH OPIUM COMPARTMENT, Spain?, about 1630–1640, gold, diamond. Such ring was “locket ring,” which contained miniature of loved ones or of royal or political persons. Some rings with compartments held religious relics, but others were intended to contain poison to allow the surreptitious removal of enemies or rivals by lacing their food or drink. The compartment was intended to contain an opiate in some form or other. The whole bezel represents the poppy.
Early 15th century sapphire and enamel ring, engraved with en boen an (en bon an), new year's gift, France, sapphire, high carat gold, white enamel, 0.7cm. The diffusion of character was low and the written language and the spoken language don't agree at that time. As a result, it was frequently to make such spelling mistake.