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Early Victorian Heart Locket Mourning Ring


IN MID-1800s England, mourning jewelry was Big Business for jewelers. Jewelry stores kept a stock of generic "IN MEMORY OF" jewels on hand for times when a death came suddenly or a family was on a budget and couldn't commission a bespoke jewel. This ring was probably in that category. The bereaved family could customize the piece by having the jeweler engrave the deceased's details inside. Hallmarks tell us the jewel was made in London in 1842, and poor HP died in August 1846.


  • Materials

    18k gold (marked), black enamel

  • Age

    hallmarks for London 1842, engraved dedication for 1846

  • Condition

    Good - damage/loss to the enamel on several of the panels that make up the hoop; missing locket glass

  • Size

    6, cannot be resized; 6.4mm head, 2.3mm shank

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