Here we have a nice example of a Georgian mourning ring.It is crafted of 18 carat gold, unmarked but tested, and it has a bezel under which is the hair of the beloved. It is completed with lovely natural pearls, which symbolize tears. The ring has a nice, thick , split shank, and it weighs 4.3 grams. It could be resized, but it would have to be done by a jeweler used to working with antiques, so as not to Destroy the pearls or the hair work. The ring is in excellent condition, and the pearls are not worn. This ring is inscribed on the back : Ann Mott, died 17th Dec 1811 Aged 18. This ring presents a mystery to me, because when I look at the hair work I see what appears to be nicely braided gray hair laced with some dark color. but the writing says she died at age 18. I wondered if the script actually said "aged 78,' but I have looked at a lot of memorial inscriptions, and this one looks like a 1 one and not a 7. I looked Ann Mott up on Ancestry, and I found several who died in 1811, but not one who was buried or died in December. Alas, that is often the problem in searching for records of women; they are so much harder to research than men. Maybe the hair is not grey???

ITEM ID
8318
TYPE
Fine
COLOR
Gold
STONE
Pearl
STYLE
Mourning, Georgian
ITEM SIZE
7 and 3/4 to 8
ITEM TYPE
Antique
MATERIAL
Hair

Robbins' Roost Antiques

Mourning Ring With Pearls and Hair Work, Georgian

$1,750

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