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Georgian Crystal Skull Mourning Ring

This spectacular and rare mourning ring was made in the early Georgian period. The head of the ring features a hexagonal rock crystal with a tiny enamel skull. The ring is dedicated to Martha Mirfield who died in 1743 and someone who loved her made this ring to commemorate her life. That same year, the delightfully named "Treaty of Worms" was signed between Great Britain, the Holy Roman Emperor and the Kingdom of Sardinia. British East India Company ships ruled the seas. George Frederic Handel wrote several epic oratorios. And the last wolf in Scotland was said to be killed.


  • Materials

    22k gold (tests), black enamel, rock crystal

  • Age

    Dedicated in 1743

  • Condition

    Very good - skull is faint but present, small puncture to underside of dished head, DO NOT GET WET

  • Size

    6, cannot be resized; 5.6mm x 8mm face, 2.5mm shank

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