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Early Victorian Urn Cameo Mourning Ring


With London hallmarks for the year 1839, this early Victorian mourning ring features a hardstone cameo of a funeral urn flanked by black enamel scrolls. The rococo style shank reads "In Memory of" and retains traces of its original black enamel. Some of the lettering along the shank is worn which suggests that this ring has been worn, however, it is undedicated. If mourning jewelry fascinates you but you find the death details of a stranger disconcerting, this might be the piece for you. That said, it would also be wonderful to do as the Victorians did and have the name of someone dearly departed engraved along the interior.


  • Materials

    18k gold (marked), hardstone cameo, black enamel

  • Age

    London hallmarks for 1839

  • Condition

    Very good - lettering along the shank is worn; surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    6, cannot be resized; 12.5mm x 10.5mm head, 3.5mm shank





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

cameos:Wearable Miniature Sculptures

An ancient technique of carving into a stone, gem or shell to creates a three-dimensional sculpture.