This mourning ring is decorated with exquisitely rendered urns on each shoulder and the name and death details of the deceased, "Edwd [Edward] Down Esq Ob 23 June 1806 Ae 63". The title of "Esquire" was pretty much an honorary one at the time this ring was made. It indicates that Mr. Down, though not a member of the gentry, was a high status person in his community and probably quite wealthy. His hair is coiled under the glass.
18k yellow gold, enamel, hair under glass
Dedicated in 1806
8, cannot be resized; 16.2mm head, 4.1mm hoop
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1714 — 1837
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.