Snakes in general, and ouroboros in particular, are representations of eternal love and were popularly used in mourning jewelry. The style of this ring is distinctly late Georgian or very early Victorian, but interestingly, the dedication is for the year 1877. Why? It could have been a jeweler's model that was never used in the time that it was made, or it could have been upcycled with the original engraving rubbed out and replaced with the present dedication, "A.H. Obt 11 Sep 1877 Ae 65", as well as the hair.
10k gold (tests), black and red enamel, glass, hair
Ring made c. 1820-30, later engraving (and probably hairwork) 1877
Very good - some wear to the enamel scales, slight discoloration around the locket frame
8, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 12.2mm head, 3.5mm hoop
1714 — 1837
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.