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Georgian 18ct Gold, Carved Sardonyx of a Butterfly & Natural Split Pearls Mourning Ring

576G
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This is strictly speaking a ring that was made in the reign of William IV who was the third son of George III. It is engraved underneath “Joseph Aldridge, Esq. Ob (died) 11th march 1837. At (aged) 81”. The butterfly represents the soul in a classical and an organic way. From the organic perspective, its meaning is derived from the three stages of the life of the butterfly: the caterpillar, the chrysalis and the butterfly. Naturally this is the development of the soul through the age of human growth and death, flying off to the heavens. It is flanked by two natural split pearls, which represented tears in mourning jewellery.

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very good

Provenance

English

Materials

Gold Onyx Pearl

Hallmarks

Unmarked, tested to 18ct gold

Measurements

Across top section ¾ in / 1.9 cm
Width ⅜ in / 0.9 cm

Item Number

576G

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