Mourning jewelry became popular during the 18th century, when sentiment, both sorrowful and romantic, began to be expressed in a more allegorical style. In some pieces, the hair of the deceased was crushed into a powder and mixed with stabilizers in order to create a pigment with which to make a miniature painting for jewelry.
This conversion ring was once a brooch, or perhaps had another shank; it came to us in a state of disrepair, with no pin or clasp. Using a vintage 14 karat wedding band, it has been carefully converted into a ring. And what a ring it is! A miniature painting depicts a grieving woman at the grave of her beloved. The attention to detail is absolutely amazing. From the graceful drapery of her clothing to the sorrowful expression on her face, which is held in her hand, the viewer can plainly see the care and precision this piece was executed with, as well as the deeply felt emotions surrounding it.
Engraved with the name R. Symons, who died at age 35 on August 14, 1782, it is a true piece of history, believed to be an American piece. A wonderful find for mourning jewelry collectors, or anyone who loves to engage with the past!
Size (can be resized): 7.5
Dimensions: Ring top is 1 1/8" x 5/8"
Weight: 5.7 grams
Materials: Gold, Hand Painted with hair pigment on wafer under glass
Metal: 14K yellow gold (Vintage shank), 12K yellow gold (original element)
Marks: Engraved on reverse: R Symons/obt. 14 Aug/1782/A 35
Condition: Excellent converted Antique & Vintage condition commensurate with age and wear