This wonderful Georgian ring is fashioned in gold with a hair miniature featuring a lock of hair and pansy with a pearl ovule over the initials "HN" & "JB". "Pansy" comes from the French pense meaning "to think." Lovers of a hidden meaning, the five-petaled flower was frequently used in 18th and 19th century love token jewelry to express the sentiment "think of me."
18k gold (tests), glass, vellum, hair
Very good - small mark on the underside of the head from a previous repair; mark on the shank from a previous resizing
9.5, can be resized; 1/2 x 3/8" head, 1.5mm shank
1714 — 1837
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.
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.
Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.