Mourning jewelry emerged long before photography existed, as a way to commemorate a loved one. Memorial bands were made to distribute amongst close friends and family of the deceased, typically by wealthier families who could afford it. Often, the one who made the arrangements for this was the deceased, prior to their passing. They were stunning pieces, some with miniature portraits of the loved one, some with woven locks of hair. This piece features a banded agate stone in black and white, which would have been worn during the mourning period.
This Georgian antique banded agate memorial ring was handcrafted around 1810, in the United Kingdom. The 18 karat hollow gold band is repousséd with a rich floral motif that encircles the entire shank and shoulders. An oval banded black and white agate is set at the center, and measures 9.4 x 7.3 mm. the inside of the band is inscribed, “Presented by G.M. In memory of Mr. Adam Murray.” This sturdy ring weighs 7.4 grams and is a size 8.25, it cannot be resized. This ring has been carefully acid tested.
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