Ellen Savage ob 16 Oct 1745 Memento Mori Ring

Ellen Savage ob 16 Oct 1745 Memento Mori Ring

A rare Renaissance period gold, enamel, ruby and diamond "gimmel" ring with memento mori, possibly 17th century. Designed as two connected bands decorated with relief and enamels throughout, the bezels set with two rubies and two diamonds. The bands pull apart to reveal the miniature figures of a baby and a skeleton to their interiors.

A rare Renaissance period gold, enamel, ruby and diamond "gimmel" ring with memento mori, possibly 17th century. Designed as two connected bands decorated with relief and enamels throughout, the bezels set with two rubies and two diamonds. The bands pull apart to reveal the miniature figures of a baby and a skeleton to their interiors.

This ring dates from 1728; the absolute height of the memento mori style. It not only features the affectation of the ‘coffin’ shaped crystal, but it encapsulates the skeleton inlaid in black enamel around the band. Further to this, the element of the full skeleton inside the coffin crystal completes the sentiment. There is nowhere on the jewel that death is not represented.

This ring dates from 1728; the absolute height of the memento mori style. It not only features the affectation of the ‘coffin’ shaped crystal, but it encapsulates the skeleton inlaid in black enamel around the band. Further to this, the element of the full skeleton inside the coffin crystal completes the sentiment. There is nowhere on the jewel that death is not represented.

Antique Mourning Rings from Erstwhile Jewelry in gold and black enamel

Antique Mourning Rings from Erstwhile Jewelry in gold and black enamel

A VICTORIAN MOURNING RING. Circa 1800. The octagonal elongated frame enclosing gentleman holding flower under weeping willow tree infront of inlaid mother of pearl tombstone, the background with interwoven hair, mounted in rose gold.

A VICTORIAN MOURNING RING. Circa 1800. The octagonal elongated frame enclosing gentleman holding flower under weeping willow tree infront of inlaid mother of pearl tombstone, the background with interwoven hair, mounted in rose gold.

Antique Gold Memento Mori Mourning Ring Skull Diamond

Antique Gold Memento Mori Mourning Ring Skull Diamond Solitaire Skeletal Posy

Antique Gold Memento Mori Mourning Ring Skull Diamond

Mourning ring, made in England, 1773 (source). The ring memorializes the death of Sir Evelyn Pierrepont, second Duke of Kingston. The inscription reads: H.G. the D. of Kingston ob.23.Sep.1773.Aet.62. Not lost but gone before.

Mourning ring, made in England, 1773 (source). The ring memorializes the death of Sir Evelyn Pierrepont, second Duke of Kingston. The inscription reads: H.G. the D. of Kingston ob.23.Sep.1773.Aet.62. Not lost but gone before.

lest we die unbloomed

lest we die unbloomed

Georgian 15ct gold ring set with a swivel panel of hair locket to one side and enamel inscription to the other side - Robt Hale Died 2 Nov 1802 aged 66 years. Head of ring measures 15 x 11 mm.   Unhallmarked - tested as approximately 15ct gold

Georgian 15ct gold ring set with a swivel panel of hair locket to one side and enamel inscription to the other side - Robt Hale Died 2 Nov 1802 aged 66 years. Head of ring measures 15 x 11 mm. Unhallmarked - tested as approximately 15ct gold

Elegant 19th Century Envelope Ring  Also note the hair being inside a compartment, a popular style from the late 1860s onwards, as opposed to larger earlier styles.

Elegant 19th Century Envelope Ring Also note the hair being inside a compartment, a popular style from the late 1860s onwards, as opposed to larger earlier styles.

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