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While many people look at mourning rings as being morbid, they should be looked upon as poignant and indeed a beautiful way to remember someone such as this 18ct antique mourning ring made in London in 1838. Made in an era where to remember someone was to often have a keepsake made, this mourning ring was beautifully hand made in 8ct gold and highlighted with black enamel. Although it is not just the black enamel that is beautiful, it is also the incredible scroll work design as elegant enamel work on both sides of the band. Then sitting in the centre of the shield shape at the top and protected under a cover of clear rock crystal, is a lock of woven hair making this mourning ring even more special and is a real testament to the quality of this ring for it to last all these years. And then turning the ring over and looking at it from underneath, makes this ring even more personal. It was hand engraved with "In memory of Mary ob 9 Oct 1852". It is a lovely inscription such as this that makes a mourning ring so much more personal and special. Measuring 14.3mm across the long section of the shield, this is such a beautiful antique mourning ring that is perfect for any collector. Stock# ES7859 Hallmarked: London 1838 $1,900
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Here is a very beautiful antique Georgian mourning ring made in 1820 that has the most beautiful hand carved setting combined with the history associated with mourning rings and one that sits so well on the finger. While made to remember the passing of a loved one, mourning jewellery should never be looked upon as morbid as it was a lovely way to remember when someone died in a time when photography and other recording medias were of course not yet invented and in this ring is not only the plaited hair on the font but an inscription on the back tying everything together. On the underside of the ring, it is hand engraved with "Anna Sheppard ob 20 Feb 1820 At 82" which also considering that this was nearly 200 years ago showed that she lived a very long life in a time without modern medicine. Measuring 12.8mm across by 11.4mm, the way the band is also engraved shows how much time and attention went into making this ring and how good the jewellers of this time were. This is such a beautiful antique mourning ring from the Georgian era that is so beautiful and poignant. Stock# T577 Circa: 1820. $Sold.
Here we have a beautiful and poignant antique Georgian mourning ring made in 1794 that well after 220 years is still in fantastic condition and sure to be admired for both its beauty and history. Mourning rings were a beautiful way to remember when a loved one passed away in a time before photos or other methods were around to capture images and this one has the most refined hand painted image of a woman mourning next to a pedestal with an urn under a willow tree. Looking close on the urn, you will see that there is a natural pearl giving the scene such a three dimensional look and character to it. With a lovely wide bezel, this section of the ring measures 17.1mm wide by 26.2mm and the underside is hand engraved with "Thos Wilkinson ob 6 Dec 1794 At 61" which gives this ring such a more personal and attractive look and feel to it. This is such a lovely antique mourning ring that even after 200 years still looks and feels so special on the finger. Stock# T574 Circa: 1794 $Sold.
Mourning jewellery was a way to remember the passing of a loved one in an era prior to digital cameras and the like which allows us to take countless photos of people, and here is an exceptional quality antique mourning ring made in 1783. Made in the Georgian era, this antique mourning ring is made in rose gold in a wonderful lozenge shape that looks so elegant and regal on the finger and measures 15.6mm across by 28.6mm and has the most delightful engraved border. In the centre is a poignant hand painted image of a seated woman sitting next to an urn, with an oak tree in the background. The colour and tone of the image has that wonderful sepia tone and the image itself has been incredibly well protected by the rock crystal covering the top. With engraved sides on the band, under the ring it is engraved "Francis Bell ob 7th May 1784" and when you consider that this ring is over 230 years old and still in incredible condition, it is a real testament to the quality of jewellery being produced centuries ago. This is such a beautiful antique mourning ring for the lover of fine antiques. Stock# T572 Circa: 1784 $4,200
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Mourning jewellery was used to remember the passing of a loved one and should not be looked upon as morbid, as years ago it was really the only way someone could keep something close to them and here is an incredible Georgian era antique mourning ring made in 1783 coming soon. As far as quality of mourning rings go, this one is one of the finest to be found and in such incredible condition even well after 220 years has passed. The detail and craftsmanship of this antique mourning ring is just incredible and in the centre is a scene of a woman in mourning with her arm resting on a pedestal which a traditional urn sits upon. The way the artists hand painted the woman sitting in that pose really is very beautiful and the sepia colour goes so well with the colour of rose gold. Then there is an incredible feature to this ring that is made all the more amazing that it has survived intact all these years - the border of entwined hair. Between the painted scene and the border of pearls there is a section of hair that has been entwined so beautifully and expertly and then set into a channel where it has remained in perfect condition to this day. Both the hair and the painted image are protected under rock crystal which itself is in excellent condition and has stood up all this time to protect the ring. Following the border of the ring are thirty nine natural pearls seem to frame the ring so majestically and add that extra charm to an already incredible mourning ring. The lozenge section measures 18.3mm across by 31.2mm and sits so well on the finger and the band itself is also highlighted with the most gorgeous hand engraving on the sides. And then turning the ring over and looking underneath, it is hand engraved with "Doctor James Lorrimer 25th Novem 1783" which then adds such a more personal touch to this ring. This antique mourning ring from the Georgian era is up there with the best of the best and will always be admired and appreciated by any connoisseur of fine antique jewellery. Stock# T573 Circa: 1783 $Sold
Mourning jewellery was actually a beautiful way to remember the passing of a loved one, and here is a very beautiful antique white mourning ring of an unwed woman. More commonly found in black enamel, the white enamel means that this young lady was unmarried when she died at the age of 23 in 1777. In the centre, this mourning ring has an urn being a typical motif for mourning rings and the enamel border spells out " Eliz Bryant OB 14 Apr 1777 AE 23". This allows us to hold in our hand and wear on our finger a ring that is so much more personal now that we know who this ring was made for. The oval top measures 15.1mm by 13.5mm across and the ring is made in 18ct gold and the smooth top and band really feel so lovely on the finger. While some may consider a mourning ring as morbid, they were in fact a celebration of ones life and although this woman did pass away at a young age which is always a terrible shame, at least her memory can live on in this beautiful Georgian mourning ring. Stock# ES6810 Circa: 1777 $Sold.
Mourning rings of years gone by were actually a beautiful way to remember the passing of a loved on as there was of course no computers or photography, and here is a very beautiful antique mourning ring made in the Georgian period of 1808. Set with woven hair surrounded by black enamel, the black enamel signifies that this is a mourning ring and this is further made more personal by the hand engraved inscription under the ring. It is engraved with "Eliz h (Elizabeth) Wallman ob Feb 24th 1808 Ae (Age) 62. The top of the ring measures 14.4mm across by 12.4mm and the ring is made in 9ct rose gold with the colour of the gold having such a wonderful warm colour to it. A wonderful antique Georgian mourning ring that is still in incredible condition even well after 200 years later. Stock# ES6662 Circa: 1808 $1,850
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While not everyone likes antique mourning rings, there is no denying that they can be so beautiful and a wonderful reminder of a loved ones passing, and this Victorian era antique mourning ring is so beautiful and still in fantastic condition even after 140 years. Made in Birmingham in 1869 this ring is made in 18ct yellow gold and set with 6 natural pearls surrounding a rose cut diamond. However it is the wonderful enamel work on both sides that is truly beautiful. Going across it spells out, "In memory of" and has the most intricate hand engraving between the enamel. This antique mourning ring looks so delightful on the finger and is a wonderful look at a bygone era. Stock# N232 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1869 $Sold.