Diamond Star Enamel 15k Gold Mourning Ring Antique Victorian c1860.
Charming example of mourning jewellery that was very popular during the Georgian & Victorian periods, where there were strict rules that had to be followed whilst a person was in mourning for many years. At this time it was thought very important to remember lost loved ones, you only need think of Queen Victoria after the death of her husband Prince Albert, she would wear black for the rest of her life in memory to him.
This is a charming antique 15ct yellow gold ring dating from the mid Victorian period, with black enamel & a real diamond within a star to the head. To the shoulders again in black enamel are the initials 'CRDR' & 'DRU', we are unsure what the initials mean, if you do please let us know, however they could simply be a people's initials.
The gold has been tested as there are no gold marks. There is wear to all the enamel, with some loss to the letters please see the pictures. The diamond has been tested as real, approx 0.2 carats in size. The flat cut of the stone slopes to the one side, we are unsure if this is the cut or the stone has be set at this angle, please again see the pictures.
However for all the very slight issues, in my opinion still a charming antique Victorian mourning ring.
Size UK L+, US 6 or internal diameter 1.675 cm or 0.6 inches.
Size of head 1.2 x 0.9 cm or 0.5 x 0.3 inches.
Width of band 0.5 cm or 0.2 inches.
Weight 3.8 grams or 2.375 penny weight.