A well-preserved Georgian mourning ring (George III). This pretty English antique is from the same tumultuous year that America declared its independence from Great Britain, 1776.
The beautiful enamel work and the attention to detail (hand carved ribbed edging) on pieces from this period are why they are so sought after. This one commemorates the life and death of Ann Solly.
For a delicate looking band, it has a nice solid feel in the palm of the hand, weighing approximately 5.4 grams. It is enamel over 15 ct gold (tested). It is also has the maker's mark (see images).
Wear it on its own or create a stack. We've paired it with our a few of our diamond eternity bands. Consider mixing it with other gold, black, and/or diamond bands.
During the Georgian period, it was the custom among wealthier individuals to include a provision for mourning rings in one's will. Created by the family's jeweler, they were gifted to loved ones and friends. While they are called mourning rings, they are considered to be a form of sentimental jewelry (less about death and more about remembrance).
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Dimensions & Details
- The ring is 15 ct gold (tested) decorated with black enamel and reads: Anne Solly OB 26 Feb 1776 AE 79./li>
- It is 3.9 mm in height.
- The ring is a US size 7 1/2 and UK size O 1/2. The ring cannot be sized up or down without impacting the enamel work.
Period & Hallmarks
- Georgian (George III). Dated 1776.
- Maker's mark: Appears to read EH.
- The ring is in very good antique condition with light wear and with minimal surface scratches. No evident damage or repair.