A wonderfully sentimental piece of mourning jewellery dating to 1883. The outside of the ring is beautifully detailed with twisted sections of black enamel and seed pearls, both steeped in symbolism. The black enamel signifies the death of a married individual, whilst the pearls, tears and purity. When you look to the inside of the shank you learn more with the engraving “January 17th 1883 aged 74 Edward Pile died”. We have searched local documents to try and find out more about Edward but unfortunately have not had much luck, nonetheless he was clearly an important man to have lived to 74 during the 1800s. The ring has been well looked after and is offered in excellent good condition, wear to note are some evidence of glue work to a few pearls (they are secure) and light enamel loss, consistent with age.
The ring is hard to size as there is a lump of gold to the reverse, possibly sealing in a keepsake, which makes it sit a little oval, but it fits around a size K-K ½. Due to the beautiful engraving we wouldn’t recommend sizing this historical piece.
1883 Black Enamel and Pearl Ring
Pearl Measurements: 2.5mm – 1.63m
Metal: 18ct gold, tested
Ring Size: K ½ approx. (US 5 3/8)