Of all types of antique jewelry, mourning jewelry is my favorite. I find it very sentimental, and a lovely way to remember one that has passed on. This is a lovely example of a mourning ring, of the early 1800's. We have a lovely, split and chased shank, unmarked but tested 18 carat gold, nice hair work, set jet stones, nice natural pearls, and best of all a lovely inscription. The ring is a size 7 and 3/4 and it could be sized, but only with a jeweler used to working with antiques with hair. One could put a gold ring sizer in it if it is too large. The pearls surrounding the hair work are in good condition; in fact, the entire ring is in excellent condition. The inscription on the back reads: Sarah Reeve died March 12 1823 aged 81 years, I often wonder why some memorial rings have no dedication or only initials. This way we know exactly to whom this ring memorializes.
Mourning, Memorial Ring, Hair, natural pearls, and jet, 1823
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