Victorian Blue Enamel Pearl Diamond Memorial Ring

Memorial rings have been around for centuries. They emerged as a way to celebrate a loved one who had passed. The tradition died away as photography emerged and became readily available. These beautiful and melancholy rings acted as a touchstone to remind the wearer of life and love. This ring was most likely created for the final stage of mourning, when darker colors could be incorporated back into the wardrobe. It’s rare to find a piece of mourning jewelry with a diamond.

This antique Victorian diamond and pearl cluster memorial ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England, in 1879. A beautiful sparkling old European cut diamond sits in the center of six creamy white pearls, set in 18 karat old. The face looks like a star, and measures 12.7 x 12.4 x 4.1 mm off the finger. Beautiful dusky blue enamel decorates the frame of the face, and the shoulders of the ring, giving the shoulders a golden
and blue chevron design. Each of the pearls measure 3 mm in diameter. The inside of the ring is where the masterpiece reveals itself to be a memorial piece, as it holds a locket in the back with a lock of hair. An inscription on the inside of the band reads, ‘In memory of Harriet McMullen, 1882’. This ring is fully hallmarked. It bears the crown for England, and the anchor for Birmingham, the gold purity content mark, ‘18’, and the date letter ‘e’. It also has a maker’s mark that reads, ‘JT’. The bandwidth is 3.8 mm. This ring is a size 6.75 and weighs 6.3 grams.

Memorial rings are incredibly sentimental, commemorating the life a person who will be remembered and loved. This is a wonderful gift for the Victorian lover in your life.

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Item ID: RG0317018V

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