In 1152, Eleanor of Aquitaine gave a sundial ring to Henry II so that he would know when to leave the hunt for their love trysts. Moved by her love, Henry ordered his jewellers to make a copy for Eleanor – inlaid with diamonds and engraved with the Latin words Carpe diem
(seize the day).
This ring is an adaptation of the one that Eleanor gave to Henry II. Made of solid pewter and bronze, it is 1-1/4" in diameter and has a 30" long cord. On sunny days the time is displayed by suspending the ring by its cord. Through a tiny hole, a bright bead of light shines on the inner surface of the ring where the times of the day are engraved. The bronze outer band is adjustable to place the hole in the right position for each month.
Like all sundials, it displays Standard Time. For Daylight Saving Time, add one hour to the reading. Although the accuracy of the Aquitaine Ring will vary depending on the time of year and your location, buying two will ensure your "clocks" are always synchronized, and you will never have to wait at the trysting point.
Comes with a full description of how to adjust for the accuracy of the sundial, including the equation of time, adjustments for global location, and other factors.
An irresistible and useful gift.
Made in Canada.