This impressive black enamel memorial ring from the mid 19th century in a massive scale is one of the most compelling memorial rings I’ve had. Hallmarked in Birmingham, this beautiful example has Rococo scrolling on the three dimensional geometrically constructed shoulders and a beautiful starkness to the onyx, which has one simple white banded line in the center. What I find so intriguing about this piece is that despite the lettering proclaiming “in memory of” on the exterior surface of the band, there is no memorial inscription to be found. I love jewels like this because it reminds us that there is a tradition or memory itself that is preserved, and this would have reminded the original wearer what this ring represents. There is no physical evidence of a remembrance and to me, that is so compelling and really makes this a remarkable piece. The blocky construction almost makes the ring feel like a gaudy 1980’s jewel even though we know it is so much older than that. I know whoever gets this piece will be head over heels for it.
Materials and Features:
18ct gold, agate, black enamel
Circa the mid 19th century, English
“IN MEMORY OF” with English hallmarks, including 18ct mark
Weight: 10.58 grams
Dimensions: 13mm x 15mm ring face
Ring size: 10.5 US
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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18ct Agate and Black Enamel Memorial Ring