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Victorian Pearl & Diamond Starburst Mourning Ring


Sometimes memorial rings lead us to very specific information about the person they memorialized. Here, we found a LOT, including the epitaph on his gravestone: "Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of all that is mortal of Rev. Charles Martyn, M.A. of Oriel College Oxford for 15 years Rector of this parish who departed this life the 31 day of January 1864 aged 75 years". He was married to Clarissa, daughter of Sir Charles Flower. His hair is still beneath the locket, but if that creeps you out, you can easily remove it.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), black enamel, 8 1mm rose cut diamonds, 4.8mm x 4mm pearl, glass, hair

  • Age

    Dedicated in 1864

  • Condition

    Very good - enamel looks like it might have been touched up

  • Size

    6, resizing not recommended; 8.2mm head, 2.2mm 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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