Mourning Jewelry, Memorial Jewelry, 18 ct , white enamel, garnet, shells,Georgian

This is a lovely memorial ring I really would like to have in my own collection because I have never seen one before with shells on either side of the stone. I have seen a sapphire ring with shells on the shoulders, but never a memorial one, and this one is in lovely condition.It has the wonderful wavy band, covered in white enamel, with the deceased information, and it has a beautiful foiled garnet with a shell on each side of the stone. in gold, on the white enamel, are the words, "Sarah Nicholls, ob 27 Feb, 1755, AE 69. The enamel is in remarkable condition for a ring this age. As the enamel is white, most likely Sarah never married. This is one of the old rings that is hard to size. It measures size 6 on my sizer, but I think it may be at least a 6 and 1/4, according to the way it fits my index finger. It weighs 4.03 grams, and the top with the shells and the foiled stone measures 5/8 inches East to West, and 1/4 of an inch North and South. What a beautiful example of a Georgian memorial ring this is. These rings are getting harder and harder to find, and more and more expensive. Before long, they will only be found in museums! Note: Hayden Peters, of Art of Mourning, has written a wonderful article about this ring, and the shell symbolism.

Item ID: 2402

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: White, gold, and deep pink, Size: size 6 3/4 to 7

$3,100 USD

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Robbins' Roost Antiques

Barbara Robbins, Nashville, TN   

Antique English smalls of quality

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Specializing in Georgian and Victorian jewelry, English smalls, including leather bound books, silver etc.

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