Forever Mine II – Poison Ring Cross-Stitch Pattern

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14 ct 49×62 Stitches (8,9 x 11,2 cm) (3,5 x 4,4 in.)
16 ct 49×62 Stitches (7,8 x 9,8 cm) (3,1 x 3,9 in.)
18 ct 49×62 Stitches (6,9 x 8,7 cm) (2,7 x 3,4 in.)

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Welcome to the new series of morbid cross-stitch patterns: Forever Mine – a spinoff of Black Widow charts of murder paraphernalia wielded by the heartbroken.

The second pattern features a furiously pink poison ring, sometimes called the pillbox ring. I have known of the Victorian (who else) poison rings made of silver and adorned with intricate band designs. The top part of such rings, the lid if you will, was usually quite simple. I imagine the most important design decision was how to make the container both secure and easy to use – a difficult task when balancing it on the scale of fashion.

I was somewhat surprised to find out that poison rings were not invented by the death-obsessed Victorians – they have a much longer history.

“Ancient Romans sometimes used poison rings to commit suicide when a painful death was unavoidable. The historian Pliny, the Elder (23-79 CE) recounts how a Roman government official escaped torture by taking a bite out of his poison ring (a thin shell was the container for the poison). The teenaged Emperor Heliogabalus (203 CE – 222 CE), feared because of his cruelty and notorious for his debauchery, wore a poison ring – but was assassinated before he could ingest its contents.”

The Murky History of Poison Rings by GIA

Notable victims include Carthaginian General Hannibal (who committed suicide to avoid Roman capture) and the Marquis de Condorcet. Apparently, Lucrezia Borgia (yes, of THAT House of Borgia) was known to use poison rings to dispatch her opponents but this is still in the realms of speculation.

My version is both very simple and WOW. This poison ring will look great on any fashionista’s finger thanks to its vibrant pink colour. For the sake of avoiding confusion, a simple skull was carved into the lid of the ring forever marking its purpose. We wouldn’t want any oopsies.