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Late Victorian “Memory” Seed Pearl Ring


A row of pearls appears with the word "memory" split in half. This must have been one of the many mass-produced rings made in the English city of Chester at the end of the 19th century; hallmarks tell us it was produced in 1895. To personalize it, you would have added a loved one's braided hair to the locket on the interior of the band. It's empty now.


  • Materials

    15k gold (marked), 5 seed pearls of graduated sizes

  • Age

    Chester assay mark for 1895

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; locket space on the underside of the head is empty and missing its glass face but would have originally held braided hair

  • Size

    7, can be resized but note that resizing may result in damage or loss to the hallmarks; 8mm head, 2.9mm shank

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.