The history of flatware jewelry originated in 17th century England with spoon rings that were originally thought to represent love, responsibility and commitment. As the story goes, servants who had fallen in love and wanted to propose marriage would often steal a piece of silverware from their Masters’ homes and have them crafted into rings. They were too poor to afford a ring made from precious metals, so this was their best alternative to offering a beautiful and valuable ring to the woman they wanted to make their wife.
As the idea spread, it wasn’t difficult to determine who these servants worked for (and had stolen from), as the spoons were often engraved with a family crest of the rightful owner. Needless to say, there were many arrests conducted from the 17th to the 19th century, with offences ranging from “stealing a silver spoon” to “larceny by a servant”.
Though this particular meaning behind the spoon ring began to diminish towards the beginning of the 19th century, popularity began to spike once more during the 1960’s and 70’s. This time, however, the draw was more for fashion than love. With the declining desire to use and even keep those vintage silverware sets that have traditionally been passed down through generations of a family, flatware jewelry is once again gaining in popularity…and rightly so! Where else can you find a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry backed with so much history and intrigue?