Enamel seed pearl mourning hair 9k 9ct gold ring antique Edwardian English Chester hallmark.
Stunning, with the mourning hair still inside the band, this is a fantastic example of a 9ct yellow gold mourning ring with full Edwardian period hallmarks for the year 1908.
Mourning jewellery especially rings where worn in Georgian times, but when Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victorian died in 1861, the Queen along with the country went into deep mourning, meaning mourning jewellery became a must have item to remember your loved ones that were now lost.
This ring is fully hallmarked to the inside of the band, assay office Chester, date 1908. Charming black enamel shield to the front with a lucky shamrock design in seed pearls, seed pearls have the meaning of tears, there is some pitting & slight damage to the enamel sections see pictures. The band of the ring is hollow & this ring still has its brown braided mourning hair inside which seems to be in good order again see pictures.
Size UK O+, US 7.5 or internal diameter 1.775 cm or 0.7 inches.
Max width 0.9 cm or 0.3 inches.
Weight 2.4 grams or 1.5 penny weight.