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Antique Marquise Shaped Gold, Enamel and Diamond Ring



This is an unusual Victorian mourning ring, mounted in 15K ring with a plaque of vibrant royal blue guilloche enamel surmounted with old cut diamonds set in a floral and leaf rosebud design. The shank of the ring is tapered. Wow! how fantastic! The stylized leaf form with young diamond buds harkens to the expression “nipped in the bud”, which describes the loss of one who dies before his or her time. Its curved, almost "ergonomic" shape matches the contour of the finger and feels incredibly comfortable. Those Victorians were ahead of their time and thought about these things way before we did! The inscription on the reverse reads "died 2 August". Unfortunately the year and the name or initials of the young departed is too rubbed to be read. The 15K construction tells us this ring was dated 1854 or a bit later, but not too much after that, because the style of the ring is an early style mourning ring that evolved from the Georgian era. The ring is a size 5.5 and can be resized. The ring is 1 1/4 inch high and 3/4 inch wide.

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