Fine Jewellery Rings

Georgian 18KT and Black Enamel Mourning Ring


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  • Details
    A Georgian period mourning band or stack ring in 18kt Gold with a black enamel centre with roman Italic writing, In Memory Of. With deep floral relief to the edges. The ring is not inscribed on the inside, but carries a full set of english hallmarks.

    8.1mm wide throughout.

    Ring size: UK I 1/2 ;US 4 1/2 ;Euro 48

    Sold in remarkably good condition, with little sign of wear and tear

    A mourning ring is a finger ring worn in memory of someone who has died. It 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. Stones mounted on the rings were usually black, and where it could be afforded jet was the preferred option. Otherwise cheaper black materials such as black enamel or vulcanite were used. White enamel was used on occasion particularly where the deceased was a child. It also saw some use when the person being mourned had not married. In some cases a lock of hair of the deceased person would be incorporated into the ring, although the use of hair in mourning rings was not as widespread as it might have been due to concerns that the hair of the deceased would be substituted with other hair.

    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 varied, but largely settled upon was a single small stone with details of the decedent recorded in enamel on the hoop. In the latter half of the 19th century the style shifted towards mass produced rings featuring a photograph mounted on the bezel before the use of mourning rings largely ceased towards the end of the century.
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