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Georgian 9ct Gold & Natural Split Pearl Hair Miniature Mourning Ring with a Monument & Willow Tree

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A lovely Georgian mourning ring with a typical simple plain shank. The top is a finely executed miniature of an obelisk monument with a weeping willow tree curved over it. This has all been done with hair. Around the miniature are small natural split pearls. Pearls were often used in mourning jewellery, and are said to represent the tears of the mourning loved ones of the deceased. I am always amazed at the detail in these early rings. They must have had very good eyesight and patience! On the reverse is engraved “R Birt Ob (died) 23 may 1773”

Written by Olly Gerrish


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Very Good, two tiny chips to the glass on the right hand side. Slight discolouration to the natural split pearls commensurate with the age of the ring




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Unmarked, tested to 9ct gold


Top 1.4 cm by 1.1 cm

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UK J ½

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