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Mourning Jewelry: MJ099

DAINTY RING OF REMEMBRANCE ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Hair Ring ): Tokens of hair were intimate and personal. “If I should from this world depart / You could still remember me.” Enclosed under glass is a twisted, then coiled plait of medium brown hair. At its center sits a single pearl – a tear of remembrance. This dainty 18KT gold Mourning Ring has a beaded gold frame and a split shank ring band. (c. 1880-90) The shoulders of the band show the curves of architectural revival accented by three small golden orbs at each side. I would say that the style of the band, with its flowing graceful curves, is a segue into the Art Nouveau period. (1895-1910) The current ring size is a 9 1/4. (Easily made smaller) Simple in design, this dainty and feminine Antique Mourning Ring has been lovingly worn. It is a tangible touchstone from the past – an age where grief and remembrance were an integral part of life.

Condition: Very Good. Light dust under the cover and bezel setting inside of the beaded border has a few signs of wear – neither visible to the naked eye. A few marks on the back indicate gold testing.
Size: Ring size 9 1/4. Oval hair locket compartment 3/8” wide 1/2" high. Ring band at back is 1/8” wide.

 

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