Georgian mourning ring

1100

Rare souvenir ring with braided hair under glass, surrounded by pearls, the underside of the ring has an inscription.

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Georgian mourning ring in 10k pink gold. This a sweet oval locket ring holding a braid of hair enclosed behind crystal. The braid is surrounded by a halo of 19 pearls and the panel is sat upon a delicate band separated into 3 openwork strands. The inscription : « Elizabeth Yve ob 2 sept.1810 aet 79 » inside the ring, indicating the date of death and the age of the personn. Jewel from the beginning of the 19th century. 

Finger size: 59 EU or 8,75 US (adjustment possible)

Ring Head Size: 9 x 13 mm

Condition: chips on the glass 

Weight: 3,43 gr

Hair jewellery was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Jewellery with compartments made it possible to keep a lock of hair of a lover or a missing person (later it will be the photograph). It can be a medallion or a ring for example.  There are also jewels made from hair, such as necklaces, chains, bracelets and rings. These hair jewels are worked like textiles: they are woven, embroidered, twisted. A whole craft industry developed around this new fashion, which lasted until the end of the 19th century.

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mourning ring in 10k gold

Georgian mourning ring

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