This unassuming gold and blue enamel ring is a mourning ring dating to the Regency period. Engraved inside are the following details: "J. D. died 24th May 1825 Aged 84." The interior golds a hinged locket which once would have held plaited hair of the deceased but is now empty. This style of concealed locket mourning ring is quite unusual and very very special.
18k yellow gold, blue enamel
Engraved for 1825
Very good - appears to have had the enamel either redone or restored; locket is empty but originally it would have held plaited hair
6, cannot be resized; 5.4mm hoop
1714 — 1837
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.