A classic, beautiful Georgian "In Memory Of" ring that was repurposed to make a locket - probably not long after it was originally made. The ring is affixed with lengths of chain to make into a pendant and has been set with glass panels that hold a lock of hair. Why was this ring modified? Perhaps its owner could no longer wear it on the hand but wanted to keep it close? We'll never know for sure. A cleverly constructed and very unusual piece.
18k gold (tests), black enamel, glass, hair, new 14k gold chain
2 1/8" length, 3/4" width, 18" chain
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1714 — 1837
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Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.