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1,800.00

Metal: 15K Gold

Size: 7

Era: 1820

What You Should Know: Key was used to open a safe. 

**This item can be resized.

Here at the The One I Love, we’ve had to learn how to be expert secret keepers. Consider how excited we are when someone buys a really awesome antique gift, and we have to hold our tongues to not give away the surprise. Almost impossible you guys. So imagine how intrigued and connected we felt when we found a piece of jewelry that also acts as a secret keeper. Enter: this rad Victorian key ring.

Back in the Roman era, the first version of padlocks were invented. They were portable ways of keeping your things safe and secure, and to ensure that the key to these locks would not go missing, they were fastened onto a ring that people would wear on their fingers or on a rope around their necks. This was the original “key finger ring” but they were absolutely not discreet. In fact, they were kind of a sign of status showing the public you owned things worth locking away.

Centuries later, during the Victorian era, a trend arose that nodded to these ancient key rings. It was very in vogue to have a lovely jewelry box that had a tiny lock to safeguard your jewels. Someone (who we have deemed genius) started producing these lock boxes, with the matching key hidden inside of a piece of jewelry. So you needed a piece of jewelry to get to the rest of your jewelry. So meta and so, so cool. Unlike the early Roman versions, the key was meant to be unseen and only known to the owner. These jewelry box keys used a Bramah lock which had been developed in the late 1700’s and was a simple design that offered high security. This incredible ring features a fold out Bramah cylinder key from an otherwise inconspicuous solid gold signet-esque ring. Up to you whether you’d like to keep it a secret, or show off how astonishingly spectacular this Victorian beauty is. 

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