Although mourning has been acknowledged through fashion for centuries, it wasn't until the Victorian Era that it reached its heights. Queen Victoria, upon losing her beloved husband Prince Albert, brought the attention of grief and outward displays of mourning into fashion. The custom was for women to wear heavy and concealing black clothing with long weighted crepe veils attached to their bonnets called "widow's weeds". Dresses were made out of dull black fabric. Jewelry was also required to be black, and black enamel was used frequently. The period of full mourning lasted for at least one year. Some widows chose to wear black for the rest of their lives.
This fabulous mourning ring is made of 18 karat yellow gold, with a sunburst motif surrounded by black enamel on the ring face. A large old mine cut diamond (.80) is set in the center, with more enamel embellishing the ring shoulders. With a thick band and an openwork basket, it has all of the attention to detail expected in finely crafted pieces from the Victorian Era. A must-have for all antique jewelry admirers, it will have a place of pride in your collection!
Size (can be resized): 6.25
Dimensions: Ring top is 10.6mm in diameter.
Weight: 5.7 grams; diamond approx. .80ct
Materials: gold, old mine cut diamond
Metal: 18K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition; minor wear to the enamel, as expected with a piece of this age.