The use of memorial jewelry is in evidence as far back as Ancient Rome, but it reached the apex of its production and popularity in the Victorian era. This 18k gold mourning ring with a hair locket and cipher initials “MT” is very unusual because it was made well into the 20th century to memorialize a person who died in the Great War (aka WWI). The hair locket is framed in a wide rectangle of gold with lovely engraved striations and zigzags. The reverse side is engraved “March 18th 1896/January 29th 1915.”
18k yellow gold, glass, hair.
Very good - some oxidation to the cipher.
7.25, can be resized for an additional fee of $90.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.