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Georgian “In Death Lamented” Memorial Ring


In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, mourning rings featuring neoclassical miniatures rendered in sepia ink and/or tiny pieces of human hair became extremely popular. These tiny works of art were done by hand and could be commissioned, or purchased ready made with blank spaces to be filled in with the initials of the deceased, or a saying such as "not lost but gone before." The exquisite scene in this navette ring depicts a pearl-studded urn under a weeping willow tree beneath the words "In Life Beloved In Death Lamented." The back of the ring is engraved "Hugh Penfold ob 6 July 1786 aet 78." This exceptional ring is in very good condition, however, it's important to note that you should not get this ring wet - always remove it before washing your hands or showering. The glass cover is secure, but it's still possible for water to seep inside the frame and damage the near pristine painting and hairwork within.


  • Materials

    10k rose gold (tests), sepia and hair miniature with gold, hair and pearl and pearl urn, glass

  • Age

    Dedicated in 1786

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    10, can be resized; 1 1/4" x 7/8" head, 2mm 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.

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Hair Jewelry:Worn in Remembrance

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