This is a lovely, wearable Victorian memorial ring. It is comprised of black enamel on marked 18 caret gold. In the center there are 5 15mm natural pearls, and one 10 to 15 point rose cut diamond In gold script, around the shank, are the words :In Memory of. The ring is fully hallmarked for the assay office of Birmingham (England), the year 1866, 18 for 18 carat, and the sovereign's head, (Victoria) and the crown. The ring is a size 7 and 3/4. It could be resized by someone who is used to working with antique pieces. The ring is in excellent condition. There is a cavity behind the setting that I suspect may have had a glass cover and hair, or silk contained. That is gone. I never alter these rings, or take any hair out, but the nice thing about this one is that there is no hair and no name engraved. Anyone who purchases it can easily have it engraved with the details of any loved one, and I have also had the glass replaced before in a similar ring, so I know it can easily be done on a trip to London, so a loved one's hair could be inserted and glass added. That would be an option, but the ring is fine just the way that it is. The shank is a nice sturdy one, and the part of the ring with the pearls and diamond measures a little over 3/8 of an inch North to South. It weighs 3.4 grams.
In Memory of Mourning Ring, Black Enamel, Natural Pearls, Rose Cut Diamond
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