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Georgian Diamond Enameled Urn Mourning Hair Locket Ring

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This exceptional memorial urn ring from the Georgian era (ca1779) is quite an unusual piece! Crafted in 18kt rose gold, the ring is richly detailed, and serves as a fine example of the mourning jewelry tradition. Set atop a wide but flat rose gold band is a circular centerpiece which wraps around the finger, following the curvature of the ring. The plaque centerpiece displays an incredible raised urn image which adorns rich, black enameling and fine old Mine and Rose Cut diamonds which are set along the center, bottom and top. The surface of the round plaque is covered in bright white enameling while a dramatic black border frames the stunning design. The urn is realistically portrayed and the 3-dimensional appearance accentuates the elegant look of the piece. A hidden glass-covered compartment can be found along the back of the urn, exposing a small lock of hair, the keepsake of a lost loved one. The disguised compartment feature of the ring is not immediately evident due to its seamless design, making it a subtle and secretive feature! Completing the design is a smooth wide band, which graduates in width towards the back. A hand engraved inscription along the shank reads: "Eliz Rotton ob 9 April 1797 ce 71." An exceptional antique mourning ring, it is rich in history and would be perfect for the serious Georgian jewelry collector! The ring has a finger size 8, but could possibly be resized slightly. Please inquire prior to purchase as significant sizing is not recommended, to preserve the condition of the piece and integrity of the design. The round urn plaque at the center measures 3/4" in diameter. The gold band graduates in width and measures 10mm wide at the shoulders and 4mm at the back.
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1779
  • Condition:
    The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the setting and the enameling has no visible signs of damage. All of the diamonds are intact and the hair and glass locket remain intact.
  • Seller Location:
    Narberth, PA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 406381stDibs: LU3284187293
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