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Cabochon Garnet & Natural Pearl Georgian Mourning Ring

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A good example of a Georgian mourning ring. Garnets were often used as they represented blood, and the pearls were for tears! As if that isn’t enough there is black enamel which represents death. Black was used if the one remembered had been married, and white was for the unmarried. They were often engraved on the inside of the shank with the departed’s name and the date of his/her sad demise… These rings are highly collectable, especially if they are in good condition.

Written by Olly Gerrish


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Good, very slight damage to the narrow white enamel band




Gold Garnet Pearl


Unmarked, tested to 12ct gold


Garnet, 1cm in diameter. 1.5cm outer in diameter.

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