A Georgian Mourning Ring
A Georgian mourning ring, the glazed oval plaque securing a lock of plaited hair within a rose-cut diamond surround, the reverse engraved “Frances Ashfordby, died 6 April 1774 aged 86”, Circa 1770, gross weight 3.4 grams. This Georgian ring is in very good condition. Unmarked, tested as 18ct gold and silver.
This is a collectable and sentimental Georgian mourning ring, made in around 1774 to commemorate the death of Frances Ashfordby. It was common practice during the Georgian era to enclose a lock of hair from a deceased family member in a piece of jewellery to always carry them near. This ring is an excellent example of mourning jewellery from this era: the central oval plaque contains a lock of plaited hair and is surrounded by a circle of lovely rose-cut diamonds. This is a striking piece with lots of historical character.
The finger size of most of our rings can be adjusted and our workshop will be happy to do this free of charge. If you do not know your finger size please request us to post you a finger measure.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.