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Scribbling Ring

Exchanged   by lovers in the 16th century,  “Scribbling  Rings”  were  set  with  a  Diamond  faceted not with a table facet, but with a sharp  point, which was then used to engrave messages  of love on glass. 

Queen  Elizabeth  I  and  Mary  Queen  of  Scots  were  two  of  the  most  famous  scribblers:  Sir  Walter Raleigh was said to have scribbled upon his queen’s window: “Fain would I rise but that I  fear to fall.” Elizabeth’s reply was: “If thy heart  fail thee, do not rise at all.” 

Today,  after  a  long  absence,  scribbling  rings  are returning to fashion; however, this time it is  coloured gemstones that are being used. Those  buying these pieces are usually unaware of the  history behind the cut of the gem and are likely  to wear the piece as a fashion statement, rather  than a writing tool!

Having  said  they  were  popular  in  the  16th  century  a  Scribbling  Ring  was  recently  discovered  in  Leicestershire,  England,  which  experts have dated back to the early medieval period, possibly the 11th century.  A report in  “The Times” newspaper on 21st of August 2008  states that a Mr Stevens, who was using a metal  detector,  found  the  Black  Diamond  ring  in  a  local field and experts believe it once belonged  to either the Church or royalty.

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Sarah Bennett's take on the Scribbling Ring.