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Jesuit Ring
Fragment of Jesuit Ring, circular in form with the Sacred Heart of Jesus engraved on the face, dating probably to the late 1600s or early 1700s. French Jesuit priests first brought these inexpensive copper alloy rings to the New World in the early 1600s. The priests would give the rings to converted Indians. The rings became popular and by the late 1700s, traders were also distributing the rings to Indians. Jesuit rings are fairly common in the Great Lakes area of New France, but not in French Louisiana, only four have been found in the modern state of Louisiana. The Jesuit ring at Los Adaes is a curiosity. The diameter of the face of the ring is 0.9 cm. Object conservation by Jay C. Blaine.
Photo credit: Don Sepulvado
Source: Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana