Antique Pearl, Diamond and Black Enameal Memorial Mourning Ring

Poor Samuel Hunter Chamberlin was only 24 when he died in 1838. He must have accumulated some wealth in his short life, or perhaps it was handed down to him. Either way he was able to leave behind a bequest that this ring, and perhaps even several others like it, be made upon his death. 

This is an exceedingly beautiful memorial ring. It is deeply embellished and engraved, with wonderful chaste work. The top is black enamel, customary for a married person, set with 8 creamy natural pearls and a small but sparkly diamond. The back is closed and surely held a lock of Samuel's hair at one point. It has long ago lost it's crystal and the hair beneath. The engraving inside the band reads "Samuel Hunter Chamberlin, Ob. 3 Oct. 1838, At 24". 

This ring has lost some of it's hallmarks to sizing, I'm afraid. I can tell by the part that it left that it was made in London, it is marked for 18 karat gold and has the head of King William IV, so it was likely made in 1837. It weighs 3.9 grams and has a great feel on the finger. It is a size 7.5 and could only be sized by a skilled laser jeweler. 

A very collectable but also eminently wearable ring! 

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 Item ID: RGC12120VA




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