An exceptional quality mourning ring from 1874. The front of the band is detailed in black enamel with the words “In memory of” slanted across the dark background in glittering 18ct yellow gold, interspersed with half pearls in yellow gold surround. The black enamel was a common symbol in Victorian mourning jewellery, traditionally used in court and beyond to commemorate grief; whilst the pearls symbolise tears and purity. Often there is damage on such pieces, but this ring is in truly exceptional condition with no significant wear to note.
To the interior of the shank we see a full English hallmark for Birmingham 1874 and the hand engraved initials “F.C.R”, likely the initials of the departed, held close and secret to the wearer.
A truly exceptional piece of history we are excited to offer.
1874 Pearl Mourning Ring
Pearl Measurements: 3mm – 2.5mm
Metal: 18ct gold, assayed Birmingham 1874
Shank Width: 7mm – 2.25mm
Ring Size: K ½ (US 5 3/8)
Please add the size you require as a note at checkout.
We offer a ring re-sizing service by our antique specialist for a small fee, starting at £40.
Most of our rings can be resized, but if they can’t we will stipulate this in the description.
As a rule we will only alter a ring by three UK sizes. If you would like to size a ring more than three UK sizes (either up or down) please contact us on a case by case basis and we will try and accommodate you as best as possible.
We do not offer refunds on altered pieces, so please make sure you love your new piece before you purchase.
Sizing takes approximately 1-2 weeks.