It is believed that the 18th century saw the advent of a more lighthearted society. It seems that people were tired of looking death directly in the face. There were thousands of memorial jewels, especially rings, appearing in the late 1700s. Today, there is renewed interest in these creations, increased demand and rising prices.
We have seen larger examples in numerous shapes--ovals, marquise, oblongs and elongated octagonal shapes. Here is an outstanding example of plaited hair under the crystal with the tomb and urn fashioned totally in gold. The hair shows something we have rarely seen--strands of gray! The urn itself was a popular decorative motif.
The mounting tests 15K gold. The urn and tomb have tiny rose diamonds applied and can be seen more easily using a 10 power lens. The ring is size 6.5. The top measures 1 1/4 inch in length and 1/2 inch in width. It weighs 5.6 grams. The inscription reads :John Crang Arm OB 12 Dec, 1789 AE 72". It is in fine antique condition.
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