Antique Victorian Memorial Ring with Black Enamel, Diamonds and Pearls

     The funny thing is, we think that we're so clever with our recycling and re-purposing, but actually the Victorians were serious experts at this over a century ago! Here is a lovely example of ring that was transformed from a simple engraved wedding band and re-purposed as a memorial ring.  

     Handcrafted in Birmingham, England, in 1876, this ring bears a full set of English hallmarks including a maker's mark of "A.M.P (or B?)". While I strongly suspect that this was made as a wedding band, it appears that some years later, it had a black enamel top added and was transformed into a memorial ring. The top is set with 3 diamonds in an ivy leaf pattern (the Victorians romanticized everything, but they particularly liked ivy and thought of its message as 'I cling to thee') and two creamy white pearls.  The conversion was probably done around 1890-1900. The enamel shows one tiny chip and a few light abrasions. The diamonds are old European cuts and weigh about .04 carats each. The band is 6.3 mm wide. This would be a very hard ring to resize, it is a size 7.25, but due to the width of the band it would fit a size 7 finger just right. It weighs 7.5 grams.  

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SKU: RG0513564V

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