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, jet and black enamel were favorites. Men also participated in the mourning attire ritual, although the length of time was shorter than for women.
Set in 15 karat yellow gold, this English ring has black enamel on the face, with an ivy leaf motif adorned with three seed pearls, a symbol for tears of sorrow. Black enamel accents the wonderfully scrolling shoulders, creating a beautiful balance in this dramatic little statement of a ring!
Size (can be resized): 8
Weight: 3.69 grams
Materials: Gold, Seed Pearl, Enamel
Metal: 15K yellow gold
Marks: W.G.M., Chester Shield, 15, 625, H (1908)
Condition: Very good Antique condition commensurate with age and wear