This is an incredible 15kt gold, seed pearl, blue enamel, and hair mourning ring from the Georgian era. Hair jewelry became a fashionable mourning practice in the 19th Century. This ring is a size 7, however it may be sized with the help of your local jeweler.
This is a wonderful example of Georgian-era jewelry, as Georgian jewelry is known for its ornate metal work. Due to the age of the pieces and the fact that all jewelry during this period was handcrafted, authentic Georgian jewelry is quite rare. Because gold assaying was not enforced until the 1900’s, authentic Georgian jewelry does not showcase maker’s marks, letter dates, or city stamps. This piece fits all the criteria of an authentic Georgian piece of jewelry and is in excellent condition.
This ring has a beautiful band that contains cut lines that cradle the face of the ring. The face of the ring is approximately 15.65 mm by 11.55 mm. There are bead set seed pearls on the outside of the navy blue enamel. Because of the age of the piece it is almost certain the pearls are natural as the are well match and appear original. The navy blue enamel is in perfect condition and has a lovely hue. At the center of the ring is a piece of beautifully braided hair secured under glass. On the other side of the ring is the engraving “Mary Hedd / died 3 April / 1802 / Aged 86”. This piece weighs 3.35 grams. The is evidence of an old repair if you look at the inside band however it is a solid repair and the ring is sound and ready for wear. For an 210 year old ring it is in very good consdition.
This incredible antique would make an unforgettable gift or fantastic addition to your jewelry collection!