A sweet and unusual sentimental ring: woven hair is attached around a gold ring and decorated with a pink and green gold forget-me-not set with five turquoise cabochons, the center is set with a brown/yellow stone, most likely a citrine.
Sentimental jewelry took on a language all its own beginning in the Georgian era with stones spelling out acrostic phrases such as ‘regard’ and ‘dearest’ in gemstones. The Forget Me Not became popular at the tail end of the Georgian era when styles and colors of gems and jewelry became more lighthearted.
This piece could have been a token of a loved one either during life or after death. Life was so fragile and fleeting that sentimental pieces such as these usually served both purposes – think of me while I am alive; remember me when I am gone – throughout the lifetime of both giver and receiver.
Good condition, noting a slight deformity and some dents on one side. One of the turquoise cabochons is discolored.
Unmarked, English or French. The band tests as 15k, the decorative red and green gold may be higher karat.
Size 9 ½ US, can be sized down slightly by laser soldering a flexible band on the inside.
This ring should not get wet.