Medieval Angelican law decreed that a mother must bequeath land, slaves, and money to her sons -- the only things she could pull a King Lear on with her daughters were rings, bracelets, and necklaces. So one of the unsung heroes of the Middle Ages was the jeweler.
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A toadstone ring with the ability to change color in the presence of poison in food or drink wasn't a bad thing to have around if you had a large inheritance and didn't trust your relatives.
A cameo embossed with your portrait was suitable for sealing letters.
A wolf's tooth on a chain acted as a charm against assault.
Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger