Antique Gold Enamel Pearl Memorial Ring Dated 1831

Mourning jewelry emerged long before photography existed, as a way to remember a loved one after their passing. Memorial rings were often made to distribute amongst close friends and family of the deceased, typically by wealthier families who could afford it, and often the one who made the arrangements for this was the deceased, prior to their passing. They were stunning pieces to celebrate their lives, often elaborately inscribed, some with miniature portraits of the loved one, some with woven locks of hair.

This Georgian era antique pearl and enameled gold ring was handcrafted in London, England in 1831. This gorgeous piece features a single bezel set pearl in a patterned wreath, bordered in black enamel, with exquisitely carved floral shoulders. An inscription on the inside reads "Geo. Ellis Esq Sept 16, 1831". A size 7.5, it is made in 18 karat gold and weighs 3.1 grams. The ring face measures 11 x 17.5 x 4.1 mm and the band width is 2.7 mm at the back. This piece has been fully hallmarked. It bears the Leopard's head mark for London, the gold purity mark “18”, the date letter, “q” for 1831 and a maker's mark "WE".

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