This is a lovely band which I am calling memorial because of the pearls and black enamel, though it could well be a sentimental piece, given by someone to a loved one. This is the type of ring that has hair underneath the gold, 18 ct, unmarked but tested. The braided hair shows through the lovely shamrock shaped cut outs, which are rimmed with black enamel. The three natural pearls on top are in the same shamrock design. It is a size 6, and can not be resized. It is a very nice example of what was most likely a circa 1840 mourning ring. It is in pristine condition, and weighs 1.8 grams. The band itself is 1/8 of an inch wide. This is a nice chance to start a mourning collection with a piece that is relatively inexpensive. Believe me, they are fast disappearing!
Mourning band, hair, and natural pearls, early Victorian
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