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Jewelry-In the Outlander series there is great emphasis on Claire’s wedding rings, but she also has other accessories such as chokers and earrings. Examples of 18th-century jewelry have been found in Maryland, though none of the finger rings are made of wrought iron. Fans of the television series may love the sentimental reason behind Jamie giving Claire a wedding ring made from the key to his ancestral home, but in real life wrought iron rusts. It would not take long for the damp Scottish climate or moisture from Claire’s skin to corrode the iron, and that would turn her finger brown. In the Outlander book series Claire did not have this problem, because the ring Jamie gave her was made of silver. Images: Jewelry Bracket; Earring Fragments; Silver finger ring and Copper alloy finger ring. Jewelry Bracket, Date: ca. 1700-1790, Site Name: Saunders Point, Site Number: 18AN39- This 18th-century jewelry bracket held  seven strands of small pearls or beads, and it might have been part of a choker or bracelet. Instead of a clasp, the bracket has a loop attachment to allow a ribbon to tie the jewelry in place (see figure below). It was probably not a very expensive piece of jewelry, since it is made of a copper alloy instead of silver or gold. Earring Fragments, Date: ca. 1711-1754, Site Name: Smith’s St. Leonard, Site Number: 18CV91/252 & 359-Earrings are relatively rare finds on colonial sites in Maryland, probably because people did not throw them away as long as they could still be worn. That does not necessarily mean that all earrings were guarded like valuables. These two examples from the Smith’s St. Leonard site are made from relatively cheap materials— copper alloy and glass— and they are small, so they would not have been terribly expensive to buy.  They do mimic more expensive jewelry though. The metal settings were probably once plated to look silver, and the glass insets are cut to imitate precious gems. This allowed women to achieve a fashionable look without causing too much stress on the pocket book. Silver Finger Ring Fragment (top), Date: ca. 1711-1895, Site Name: Oxon Hill Manor, Site Number: 18PR175/952; Copper Alloy Finger Ring (Bottom), Date: ca. 1689-1711, Site Name: King’s Reach, Site Number: 18CV83/252- All of the finger rings from colonial sites in the MAC Lab’s collections are made of silver, like the one above from Oxon Hill Manor, or copper alloy, like the finger ring from the King’s Reach site. It is likely that the King’s Reach ring was plated at one time, because plain brass rings without plating will corrode and turn the finger green. It is that property of copper and its alloys — the tendency to corrode and look green instead of a shiny gold color — that makes it a less precious metal than silver and gold. Image of oil painting-This 1764 Portrait of a Lady by Lawrence Kilburn shows a young woman wearing a pearl choker and jeweled earrings that are similar to the earring fragments found at the Smith’s St. Leonard site (detail).Image from www.metmuseum.org, Accession No. 2002.259. Illustration of Jewelry bracket with strands of pearls added to show as an example of what the one from Saunders Point would have looked like.