Victorian Mourning Ring (in Memory of) with Rose Cut Diamonds and Seed Pearls circa 1877
All we can say about this piece is "wow!"
Dated to 1877, this Victorian mourning ring is in like-new condition. Three small rose cut diamonds are vertically set in a marquise bezel and are enveloped by twelve seed pearls. The real fun begins with the band.
On the outer side of the shank, the 18K yellow gold words "IN • MEM • ORY • OF" are gleaned through exquisitely pitch black enamel. The band's interior is engraved, in cursive, with: "Thomas Ritchie...23rd May 1877."
What's stunning about this piece is that as of 2022, this ring is 145 years old -- and it looks brand new.
METAL: 18K Yellow Gold (stamped)
WIDTH: 12.8mm (at widest point) -- the shank tapers from 7.7mm to 2.8mm
SIZE: 7.5 (can be sized)