Is this a relic from a love between two men? It's engraved “S. Banks Esq to David Gurr 1811”. There were no female Esquires in the 19th century, so this was certainly a gift from one gentleman to another. The glass covering the lock of hair has been worn so heavily, over many decades of rubbing, that it seems David Gurr may have never taken it off. Giving a gift of hair in a jewel was a very intimate gesture; it meant you wanted a piece of your body to be in close physical contact with another person’s one’s body.
10k rose gold (tests), glass, hair
dedicated in 1811
Good - glass lens is heavily abraded (almost looks like agate) but the hair can still be seen beneath; surface wear commensurate with age and use (looks like David Gurr might never have taken the ring off)
8.75, can be resized; 5.9mm head, 3.6mm shank
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1714 — 1837
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Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.