A large and very fine Georgian “cigar band” mourning ring. Translucent blue and white enamel are applied to 14k gold, the central round medallion set with eight natural pearls, the shoulders are decorated with unusual detail of urns in white enamel. The rage for blue enamel jewelry began in the late 1700s by a jeweler named Jusen who created jewels for British royalty. The craze spread to France, where rings were often set with diamonds. Marie Antoinette had two rings of blue enamel set with diamonds in the form of her initials. Given its large size it’s quite possible that this was a man’s ring. Excellent condition.
Similar Georgian blue enamel jewelry pieces are featured on page 120 of the wonderful book “Georgian Jewelry: 1714 – 1830” by Redington-Dawes and Collings, (©2007)
The medallion measures just over 3/4" high. The central pearl measures 5.46mm in diameter, the others are each roughly 4.5mm in diameter. The band is marked with a French import marks and tests as 14k gold
Origin: English, between 1775 and 1810
Gross weight 7.7 grams
Size 8.5 US