During the late 18th Century, Amatory jewelry became popular. Stylistically French, they were made in England. Typical pieces were elongated brooches with woven or plaited hair decorated with miniscule natural seed pearls in a floral motif or in an elaborate monogram. The designs were preserved under glass, and often haloed with paste diamonds or pearls. These brooches were given to both men and women as love tokens rather than worn as mourning jewelry. The exact technique used in creating the tiny artworks is said to have been lost, and it is rare to come across one today.
Originally a brooch, this sweet example has been converted into a ring. Set in 14 karat gold, it has graduated seed pearls surrounding a glass topped enclosure inlaid with woven light brown hair and natural seed pearls forming the monogram "JAF". A wonderful little window allowing us to peer into the sentimental past!
Size (can be resized): 7.5
Dimensions: Ring top is 18cm at widest point.
Weight: 3.94 grams
Materials: Gold, seed pearls, woven hair, glass
Metal: 14K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition, with some wear as expected with jewelry of this age.