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edwardian Ferns, Sunflower & Ivy Rheumatic Ring



Since the discovery of copper in the blood, many people hoped that rheumatism - aka arthritis - could be relieved by wearing a magnet on your skin. It's not true, but people were desperate for relief and Victorian snake oil salesmen were desperate for business. Patents always made dubious products seem legit, so this "anti rheumatism" ring is stamped with the official-looking details ANTI RHEU GEM PAT. Advertisements exist from 1903 and 1905 for this product, and in them we can see many marketing tactics in their infancy. "Worn by the King of Siam". (Celeb endorsements!) Testimonials include the Countess of Cavan, whose ring made her "experience an absence of neuralgia". The manufacturer - so charitable! - claims to have given "free gifts of anti-rheumatic rings to the poor." But in the end, the company was also dialed in to trends. Although "fern madness" was dying down by the Edwardian era, the motif remained popular "as a fond symbol of pleasurable pursuits".


  • Materials

    12k rolled gold, magnetic interior

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    6.25, cannot be resized; 7.1mm shank

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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