Antique Georgian French Restoration Mourning or Memorial Ring. 14-18k yellow gold and gems. Measurements: US size 9 3/4. The ring in 3 parts joined together at the back.
The two outer parts are ridged and each has a small colette-set, table-cut gemstone. Raising the sides reveals open secret compartments or lockets on either side of the flower-head bezel. Each of the sides has a minute'hook' which attaches to the central flower. The latter turns and locks them in place.
Large size of ring hints that it may have been worn over gloves. The hinges are so fine you cannot see them with the naked eye and they are indistinguishable from the rest of the hoop. When locked, the 3 parts form a single band with colette-set floral gemstones. The table cut of the gemstones was the earliest form of gem-cutting known in Europe and hints at a very early date.
According to our Presidium gem tester, gems could be aquamarine, tourmaline, rock crystal or other similar gems. Middle stone of central flower is amethyst.
The lockets (now empty) of these memorial rings usually held the hair of beloved departed family members. Marks: Ram's head hallmark can be seen with magnification. This mark was used in France for 18k gold between 1819 - 1838.
We also acid tested the gold, which came out as between 14 and 18k. Condition: good with minor wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions, which we will do our best to answer.
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