English, 19th Century Victorian Women’s 18ct Gold Enamel Mourning Ring

(Great Britain, 19th Century)

English, 19th Century Victorian Women’s 18ct Gold Enamel Mourning Ring
164 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH, 03458
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English, 19th Century Victorian Women’s 18ct Gold Enamel Mourning Ring

List Price $1,225

An English mourning ring made in the 19th century during the Victorian era of 18 ct gold and black enamel. The crystal is surrounded with seashells and the sides have scallops. Typical to have a bit of the deceased hair woven and placed under the crystal and an inscription on the back of the ring reads: Susan Baker died 31 Dec 1842 aged 37. Fully hallmarked with six clear marks. Size 5 ring and cannot be re-sized due to the style and hallmarks. Weighs: 3.2 grams


Origin Great Britain
Category Rings
Period 19th Century
Style Victorian

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"Mourning jewelry predates the Victorian era, it’s been around for centuries, but it was a style of jewelry that is most closely associated with the Victorians due to their constant awareness of the fragility of life and the strict protocol that they had to follow when in mourning for a loved one. Upon a person’s death, it’s always been traditional in Western society to wear black during a funeral. It was also traditional for a period of a year after the funeral, to continue wearing black to indicate that you were in mourning for a close friend or relative who had recently died. Victorian morals dictated that it was disrespectful to wear glitzy, flashy jewelry when you were in mourning. Stuff like diamond earrings and pearl necklaces, pocket watch-chains and sapphire rings were to be worn for celebratory purposes such as weddings and anniversaries. It was to fill in this empty hole in the jewelry market that mourning-jewelry was elevated to a higher level. "