BEAUTIFUL RARE FINE QUALITY GEORGIAN 15CT GOLD HAIRWORK MOURNING RING. This is a beautiful Rare Georgian 18ct Gold mounted hairwork mourning ring, the gold bezel is set with a very pretty turquoise cabochon stone, this dates to circa 1800 and its stunning, the band of this very special ring has been crafted with plaited dark brown hair, this will have been worn as a keepsake and had a very special place in the heart of the wearer, the 18ct Gold panel to the front of the ring has the most beautiful raised floral banding with a smooth body to set of this wonderful bezel set Cabochon Turquoise stone, this is a rare mourning ring and the hair would have belonged to a love one who was no longer with them, what a touching and very special ring this is, the size of the ring is L, the design and decoration is wonderful, the Gold panel to the front measure 1 cm by 1/2 cm, its beautiful, the design is very special, the quality of the craftsmanship is superb as you would expect, this would have been worn daily, this was many years ago when times were so very different. This is so very tactile and once held has a wonderful feel, my photos dont do it justice. This will add something special to any collection. Its very rare, this carries no hallmarks which isnt unusual for a small ring of this date, it has been tested and is 15 ct gold.A mourning ring is a finger ring worn in memory of someone who has died. It would often bears the name and date of death of the person, and possibly an image of them, or a motto. They were usually paid for by the person commemorated, or their heirs, and often specified, along with the list of intended recipients, in wills, a lock of hair of the deceased person would be incorporated into the ring.
The use of mourning rings dates back to at least the 14th century, although it is only in the 17th century that they clearly separated from more general Memento mori rings. By the mid-18th century jewelers had started to advertise the speed with which such rings could be made. The style largely settled upon was a single small stone with details of the decedent or a piece of there hair.
Beautiful, it has the normal amount of surface wear expected. The item "RARE FINE QUALITY GEORGIAN 15CT GOLD HAIRWORK TURQUOISE SET MOURNING RING" is in sale since Sunday, August 22, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Mourning Jewellery". The seller is "antque_treasures" and is located in ledbury. This item can be shipped worldwide.