A beautiful antique mourning ring dating to 1875. This chunky piece is formed of hollow 18ct yellow gold, which is common to find in Victorian jewellery, and detailed with royal blue enamel throughout. The enamel perfectly picks out the slightly raised starburst design to the head of the ring, which surrounds three good sized diamonds. Sadly, there is some damage to the enamel at the back of the ring, however this is consistent with age.
The old mined cut diamonds total an estimated 0.43ct in weight with the centre stone alone weighing approximately 0.35ct. Overall the diamonds are in good condition with minimal wear, clean interior and sparkly facets; however two of the small rose cut diamonds appear to be later replacements and there is some light glue work visible when carefully inspected with a loupe, nonetheless there is little to distract from these exceptional hand faceted stones.
To the inside of the shank we get a taste of the ring’s history with a careful hand inscription that reads “William Coxen obt. 15th July 1875 at 65”. Mourning jewellery was incredibly popular during the Victorian era, made popular by the reining monarch herself, and this is a fine example of a piece commissioned in memory of a dearly departed loved one.
The only other thing to note are two small gold nodules that slightly protrude in the inside of the shank, either side of the head of the ring. It is possible there used to be a locket compartment at some point but the true explanation for the little gold nodules has been lost to time. We only note this because you can slightly feel them as you slide the ring onto your finger, although not something that should be of concern.
Due to the enamelling and hollow head of the ring it is not eligible for re-sizing.
Amazing 1875 Diamond and Enamel Ring
Diamond Carat: 0.43ct approx. (centre 4.5mm/0.35ct)
Diamond Cut: Old Mined Cut/ Rose Cut
Diamond Colour: J-K
Diamond Clarity: VS – SI1 (approx.)
Metal: 18ct gold, hallmarked
Shank Width: 9.5mm – 4mm
Ring Size: P ½ - Q (US 7.75-8)