Antique Georgian Rose Gold Locket Ring 1798
A poignant 15K rose gold antique Georgian memorial ring, circa 1798, with a rock crystal braided hair compartment encircled by a ring of natural split pearls. The braided hair gently curved crystal front joins the wide band that graduates down to the back and is artfully inscribed on the back with Rich Nott m Pratt ol 28 Sept 1798 Alt 12 May.
Mourning rings were given to family members and close friends and were usually paid for by the deceased estate. The rings ranged from plain gold bands to rings set with diamonds, pearls, and miniature portraits on ivory. They were all inscribed with the name, date of death, and age of the deceased. Sometimes haunting epitaphs such as “not lost but gone before,” “we must submit,” and “we’re his last” were included not only to remind the wearer of the departed but of their own mortality as well.
- Materials: 15 Karat Rose Gold - acid tested
- Gemstones: Natural freshwater pearls
- Ring Size: 8.75
- Measurements: 15.25mm north to south and 14.5mm east to west. The back band is 4.75mm wide
- Weight: 4 grams
- Condition: Over 200 years old, the ring is in amazing condition with a few scratches to the crystal front, pearls all intact with a lovely luster.