Item #: SCP-459
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-459 displays no means of self-locomotion or malicious intent at this time, and requires only minimal containment. SCP-459 is to be kept in a locked safe-deposit box at Site 19's High Value Item Storage Facility. Standard positive-action defenses (explosive, chemical, biological, and memetic) are to be in place at all times, according to standard operating procedure. The box is not to be opened without Level 4 approval for a specific study. Should SCP-459's containment be breached, a Class-D personnel shall be assigned to retrieve SCP-459, place it in a new safe-deposit box, and return it to High Value Items Storage. Said personnel do not need termination, unless they have worn SCP-459. Recommend to use Class-D personnel who have larger than UK size I fingers.
Description: SCP-459 is a plain, UK size I (15.29mm diameter), 18 ct gold wedding band of unremarkable construction. Birmingham Assay Office Hallmarks on the ring date it at 1785, store marks have long since worn away. SCP-459 bears no inscription or other identifying marks. Mass spec analysis of the metal reveals a conventional alloy common to the period, with no unknown elements present.
Tests with D-Class subjects reveal that when a psychologically normal subject inserts any of his or her fingers into SCP-459 past the PIP joint, the subject will immediately show signs of severe emotional distress characterized by crying and a distinct sense of loss or bereavement. Neither removing SCP-459 from the finger nor amputation of the finger has any effect on this psychological change. The low mood and sense of psychological trauma is both persistent and permanent, with D-Class subjects on special "long term study waivers" testing well into the depressed range on the MMPI and DASS-42 personality inventories up to three to five years after exposure (study is ongoing). Gloves do not mitigate this effect, neither does keeping the subject unaware that the SCP-459 is on their finger (by choosing subjects with hands so petite that their skin does not contact the SCP-459 at any point).
Interestingly suicidal and violent tendencies are not elevated by exposure to SCP-459 and many exposed subjects show remarkable will to live, in spite of the symptoms that the "origin-less trauma" causes. So far, out of 11 subjects exposed under laboratory conditions only three have attempted suicide or tried to harm others - an unusually low ratio for any SCP item. Many subjects attempt to cope with the feeling of loss by becoming argumentative and verbally combative, with a large amount of passive-aggressive behavior. Hoarding behavior is exhibited where the subject finds comfort in "pack-rat" style collections of rubbish. Extensive collections of plastic bags full of the subject's feces, old worn out dolls with broken eyes, used tampons and dirty meal containers being common. Subject's spatial cognition falls gradually over time, and perceives their living areas to be larger than they are.
Subjects respond well to Tricyclic antidepressants and MAOIs, but curiously less well to Norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs and SNRIs singly or in combination. Cognitive therapy is useless due to the paranormal nature of the psychological damage. Trials are underway with alternate treatments, with results pending.
Addendum: SCP-459 was purchased from ████████ ████████, a pawn shop in Exeter, UK by Agent ███ █████████ as a wedding band for his now ex-wife. Only after her committal to a mental asylum were the malicious psychological effects discovered.