During the Victorian Era, the custom of mourning became very popular. When Queen Victoria's beloved Prince Albert died, she famously remained in mourning for the rest of her life. The social norms required women to wear black for months or even years, depending upon the relationship one shared with the deceased. Even jewels were to be black, and onyx was a favorite. Men also participated in the mourning attire ritual, although the length of time was shorter than for women (go figure). After one year and one day, the ladies were permitted to don less severe mourning pieces as they entered into the phase of mourning termed "Half Mourning". Colors allowed were gray, mauve and purple.
This stunning amethyst ring has been converted from an antique half mourning brooch. A deep purple, it is faceted to catch the light and haloed by sixteen seed pearls, which represented 'tears of sorrow'. A beautiful piece, given new life with an antique replica shank, you are sure to receive admiring glances as you promenade around town!
Size (can be resized): 9
Weight: 10.8 grams
Materials: Gold, Amethyst, Seed Pearls
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent Antique & converted condition