Whenever we come across a piece of jewelry that is almost 200 years old we marvel at its condition and happily offer it to the many collectors we have met in the years past.
This wonderful example exhibits the classic design so often used to honor the memory of a recently deceased family member. Often these examples sat in boxes and were seldom worn. Often several matching rings were crafted and given to several family members or close friends.
Here we have a lovely ring--size 6. It tests a strong 15K gold. Most likely it is English in origin. A small rectangular opening on the top holds a lock of hair covered with glass. This is surrounded by 10 pearls and a ring of black enamel. Inside, the inscription reads "Sarah Stokes died 17 Sept 1823".
The ring weighs 3.4 grams. The top measures 1/2 inch by 3/5 inch. It is in wonderful antique condition.