Levi Higgs is a decorative arts historian and jewelry archivist at David Webb based in New York City. He has recently lectured on jewelry used in film and literature at the Rijksmuseum’s Jewellery Matters Symposium, and his glittering day-to-day can be found on Instagram at @levi_higgs.

Check Your Chalice

A favorite decoration of both assassins and generals, 'poison rings' could conceal perfume, tiny momentos—or something far more deadly.