Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair
Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair

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Early 1800s 15-16k Hand-Chased Yellow Gold Mourning Ring with Finely Plaited Human Hair

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General Information:

  • US Size: Right between 6.25
  • Precious Metal Weight: 1.52 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: 15-16k Yellow Gold
  • Dimensions: 3.7 to 4.2 mm band width north to south; ~3.9 mm rise from the finger at the highest point (foliate detail) on the face
  • Weight: A nicely weighted 2.37 g
  • Markings: Unmarked, tests for 15-16k patinaed yellow gold
  • Era: Late Georgian or early Victorian, c. 1800-1840
  • Buyer Notes: This ring boasts a long lost artistic talent of hairwork. Such designs were common as both sentimental gestures and tokens of grief. Lovers would exchange hairwork jewels with one another, both men and women, though hairwork was also produced from the hair of a deceased loved one for reverent remembrance. This ring is highly detailed, an elaborate example of the skill of its original maker. It shows no areas of significant wear, a rarity amongst such fragile historic jewels, though the ends of some hair can be felt when one traces the braids with the finger, indicating the presence of very, very slight fretting. As such, the next caretaker of the ring should keep this condition in mind and maintain its integrity as best as possible. In suit, be sure to avoid contact with water of any kind and be mindful to prevent any harsh abrasions to the ring’s surface or the hairwork. 

The Story:

Hailing from the late Georgian years, this c. 1800 ring is a talisman of affection, crafted in a tradition that withstood hundreds of years though is no longer thriving today. A series of extraordinarily delicate braids are wrapped and inset within a chased gold mounting, with north and south golden lips that confine the hairwork in place, and theoretically, keep it protected from direct contact with the world when worn. The braids are quite fine, very small, and a relic of a lost art, and are perfectly complemented by the swirling engravings that decorate the gold borders. These are ornate and undulating, a textural element in harmony with the richness of the hair within.

The face of the ring shows two foliate details that are raised above the shank in graceful fashion, seemingly in motion: two acanthus leaves sweep past each other in the ‘bypass’ style, also an allusion to two interconnected souls. Between them a third golden foliate hovers, where it is possible a monogram or year inscription once existed. Today, this central feature is plain and polished, with dainty chasing peeking through its mostly buffed appearance. 

Acanthus leaves have been used in stone and metalwork for thousands of years, as they are symbolic for enduring life, rebirth and healing. For thousands of years and across continents and cultures, such a motif has been associated with both death and romance, as both are deeply sensitizing experiences that last a lifetime and eternally affect the heart. In a similar essence, the chasing is billowing and looping, resembling the vastness of the seas and the complexity of affection.

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