This is a majestic early-Victorian 18ct solid gold black enamel and split seed-pearl gemstone memorial ring. The ring is set with a central block of woven plaited hair of size 8.0mm x 4.5mm. This is bordered all the way around its outer perimeter by 10 lustre glow split seed-pearl gemstones, each of size diameter 3.0mm and all in lovely condition. The block and gemstones are closed off from the reverse side of the head of the ring. The upper regions of the shank are graduated towards their apex and 'foliate engraved' with black enamel which enhances the attractive appearance and character of the ring. The mid-lower region of the shank is 'single grooved' and there is a Birmingham 18ct gold assay hallmark for the year 1843 on the inside circumference of the shank, including the head of Queen Victoria. Size 'V'(UK), 11.0(US). Weighs heavy at 4.4 grams. The ring is in excellent condition throughout with genuine gemstones, no repairs and a hallmark to authenticate its year of manufacture.
*Black enamel is a vitreous(glassy) layer applied to the gold metal by fusion(melting the liquid by heat) and is used for decorative or protective purposes.