Antique: Opal & Black Enamel Victorian Mourning Ring
This lovely Victorian ring while petite and delicate, is a statement in color and contrast. The black enamel is the perfect background for the raised gold foliate pattern on the shoulders of the ring. At the center is a marquis shaped opal in watery shades of blue and iridescent green.
While this is a Victorian era mourning ring, the clues are quite subtle. The most obvious is the black enamel over gold, one of the most frequently used components in mourning jewelry.
If you look closely at the pattern, you may recognize the Acanthus in the decorative details on the shoulders of the ring. A plant found in the Mediterranean, the Acanthus is and was widely used in architecture and design (e.g. Corinthian columns, decorative moldings), and in mourning jewels. Lastly, while the center of the ring currently holds an opal, originally it most likely contained a glass locket and a memento of a loved one.
Mix and match this ring with diamond bands, other black and gold enamel rings or perhaps a few half-hoop, opal rings in various shades of lavender, green and blue.
Dimensions & Details
- The ring is 15 Ct gold (tested).
- Ring size US 7 3/4 - UK P. It can be easily sized within reason.
Period & Hallmarks
- The marks are worn, but appear to read as a duty mark used for the period between 1784 and 1890, stamped 15 Ct (and tests 15Ct), and maker's mark G.J.
- The ring is in good antique condition with general wear and very minor chips to the enamel which are difficult to see with the unaided eye (e.g. primarily visible via magnification).
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Find out how to care for your collection of antique and modern jewels: visit our Jewelry Care page to get advice on maintaining and storing your treasured pieces. Please note opals are similar to pearls in that they should not be cleaned with chemicals. This ring should not be soaked in water. Use a soft, untreated cloth to clean.
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