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Poison rings are part of history and mystery stories. This 18-karat gold ring with a hidden compartment has red enamel trim and an emerald set in the center. Advertised as a poison ring at a 2014 James Julia auction in Fairfield, Maine, it sold for $1,185. Photo courtesy Cowles Syndicate Inc.

Kovels: Poison rings still in fashion

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Poison rings play a part in a lot of murder mysteries. Adversaries were removed with a flick of a ring cover over a glass of wine. The idea of a ring that held poison is thousands of years old, but it is the Victorian era that’s called “the era of the poison ring.”

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