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Georgian White Enamel & Garnet Memorial Ring

A late 18th century mourning ring memorializing Mary Spalton, who died at the heartbreakingly young age of 4. The head of the ring features a tree of life crafted from tiny snippets of hair within a halo of flat cut garnets. Memorial rings were (as a general rule) decorated with black enamel. The exception is in the instance that the deceased was unmarried, in which case white enamel was used. The dedication along the hoop reads "Mary Spalton OB: 1 Dec: 1771 AET 4". Size 8.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), white enamel, rock crystal, flat cut garnets, hair work on velum

  • Age

    Dedicated in 1771

  • Condition

    Very good - minor surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    8, cannot be resized; 10.5 x 9mm head, 2.2mm shank

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