Mourning jewelry has existed for centuries, but it wasn't until Queen Victoria's beloved consort, Prince Albert died at the young age of 42 in 1861 that the custom became a wildly popular fashion statement. Generally, Victorians remained in mourning for at least one year, and longer. The women were required to wear black clothing and jewelry to show their respect and love for the deceased. As a part of the funeral arrangements, it was common for families to purchase several pieces of mourning jewelry to give to loved ones and close friends to wear during the mourning period.
This striking ring is made of 15 karat gold, with smooth black enamel and "tears of sorrow" - seed pearls, set in star shaped bezels interspersed with ribbons, popular motifs during the Grand Period of the Victorian Era. The perfect size for stacking, this ring is a must for anyone wanting a little piece of history that honors the art of mourning.
Size (can be resized): 6
Weight: 2.4 grams
Materials: Gold, seed pearls, black enamel
Metal: 15K gold
Condition: Minor age wear