Antique Georgian Black Enamel Mourning Ring with Urn Motif, 18k Gold

It became so customary to wear and posses mourning jewelry that by the late 18th century most anyone of means would leave a provision in their will to have these rings made. Some were known to have over a hundred rings made and handed out upon their deaths!

A classic Greco-Roman Urn centers this endearing memorial ring. The inscription reads 'Charles Purdy OB 7 Sep 1808 AET 20'. Makes you wonder how much Charles packed into his 20 years.

This lovely ring tests as 18 karat gold, it has wonderful black enamel and a great neoclassical style. The shaped shoulders and scrolling mounting are all definitive in their revival style. The enamel on this ring is in slightly rough condition. It weighs 3.7 grams. It's a size 7.25 and would be quite difficult to size. A truly outstanding example of a Georgian Mourning ring.

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