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Late Victorian Gold Enamel & Hair ‘Memory’ Mourning Ring Circa 1860-1880

Sale price$855.00 AUD

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Fine example of a Victorian era ‘Memory’ ring, featuring black enamel and finely woven hair panels interspersed with raised gold letters spelling ‘Memory’. At the centre of this unique piece is an oval glass covered window containing immaculately woven fair hair, an unusual colour to see.  

Commensurate to the age there is some wear to the enamel work and small pieces missing, however this does not detract from the overall quality of the piece.  There is some width to the band and overall the ring is firm and very comfortable to wear, a testament to the Victorian jewellery making techniques!

Inscribed behind the oval centre are the initials E.N. It is fascinating to wonder who this may have been?  The quality and workmanship suggests someone very loved and cared for!

The ring is without hallmarks but tests around 12 carat which is fitting to the era and caratage used.

A truly lovely example of ‘Memory’ jewellery that we have had the pleasure of offering.




Tested at 12ct gold

Measures 19 mm in diameter but on the mandrel more a Q 1/2. Can not be resized

Overall the ring is in good antique condition. As noted, there is some wear and pieces of enamel missing. The hair panels are intact albeit some age related colour change.  The centre glass window is in really good condition and the hair beneath is lovely.