One of the most exceptional early enamel pieces we have had the privilege of handling and showing. Although the hallmarks are rubbed, there is a duty stamp remaining, which dates this unique piece to c.1865-1875, making it over 150 years old.
Likely a mourning piece the black enamel would have symbolised the passing of a loved one, whilst the white pearl purity and tears. Unusually the ring bares no engraving denoting who was lost, so it is possible that this was a private mourning or possibly never actually worn and potentially an old shop piece, which would explain the near pristine condition.
The enamelling has a gorgeous William Morris feel to it with swirling leaves and patterns running along the shoulders, which, coupled with the buttercup setting the pearl is held in, gives the piece a wonderful, feminine, feel. The ring is offered in excellent antique condition with only the smallest enamel loss to the side of the ring.
A truly wonderful piece and one that you will not see again.
c.1865 Exceptional Black Enamel Pearl Ring
Pearl Dimensions: 6mm
Metal: 18ct gold, c. 1865-1875
Ring Size: P ½ (US 7.75)
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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.
If you have any product altered or resized it can still be returned, however you will then be refunded the cost of the ring, minus alteration & postage costs.
Sizing takes approximately 1-2 weeks.