This ring is an amazing one, that I truly would love to keep. I don't buy it if I don't like it, so often it is hard for me to give special pieces, like this one up, especially when I know I probably won't see the likes of it again. Unfortunately, I can't afford to keep all the pieces that I love. This ring features a turquoise forget me not, with a small rose cut diamond in the center. On each side of the flower, is the head of the snake. As many of you probably know, the snake was the symbol of eternal life, so it is very poignant paired with a forget me not. The back of the ring contains a locket with a glass top, where the hair of the beloved could be stored. This one does not appear to have ever had the hair, because it contains the tightly woven material that they often came with. I think this is a lovely and unusual sentimental ring. Perhaps a young man gave it to his fiancé? It is circa 1850-60, and is a size 6 and 1/4 to 6 and 1/2. It could be sized by someone used to working with antique jewelry. It is in excellent condition, and it weighs 2.25 grams. It is crafted of unmarked, but tested, 14 carat yellow gold, and the flower part of the ring measures 1/4 an inch North to South, and the flower and snakes on either side together measure 5/8 of an inch East or West. It is nice that the locket back is still in place; often they are missing, and a locket of a beloved's hair could be placed inside.
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