We're on vacation from 12/22 — 1/4. Shipping will resume on 1/5.

from the archive
Early VictorianDiamond and EnamelPansy Mourning Ring

This exquisite early Victorian mourning ring contains multiple recognizable symbols (to us, at least, and anyone living in the late 1800's would have gotten them, too.) Firstly, black enamel instantly signaled that the jewelry was memorializing a loved one. Secondly, the five-petalled flower that comprises the face of the ring is a pansy, a symbol of remembrance. The name "pansy" is derived from the French word pensée, "thought". It universally meant "think of me," much like the forget-me-not flower meant "don't forget me." This ring pansy is rendered in back enamel with a second diamond pansy at the center. The split shoulders and beautifully detailed with a scrolling design. The underside of the head features a hair locket with the engraved dedication, "Richard Bright Ob 25 Jany 1840 ae 86." This ring is a size 6.5 and resizing is not recommended.


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold, silver, back enamel, 5 old mine cut diamonds and 1 rose cut diamond all approximately 1.3mm

  • Age

    c. 1840

  • Condition

    Very good - some very minor wear to the enamel commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    6.5, resizing not recommended; 9.4 x 9mm head, 1.9mm shank

Need more photos?

Send us an email to request photos of this piece on a model.





Shop OurRecent Antique Acquisitions