This ring would be categorised as "sentimental" jewellery given its symbology... It reminds me of a piece of folk art and I love the pencil drawing effect that scrimshaw gives.
Gold and silver ring, the hoop widening at the shoulders to support the elongated oval bezel centred on a seed pearl bouquet of mixed flowers and ears of barley tied with a ribbon, applied to a royal blue enamel ground, bordered with pearl, outlined in gold leaves and flowers, with in an old-cut diamond border Circa 1770
A Late 18th Century Mourning Brooch, with ivory panel inscribed "In Memory of a Friend," surmounted by a bow and set on a panel of entwined hair, via Tennants Auctioneers, 1790s.
ALBION ART Historical Jewelry - Ancient Gold, Amethyst Ring, circa 1100, Private Collection.
"Le Plus Loin Le Plus Serre" An extraordinary example of a husband’s memorial watch fob in memory of his wife.
The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.
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Mourning ring dating back to 17th century England, crafted with gold enamel & human hair. Held by Birmingham Museum.
Gold and silver ring, the hoop dividing at the diamond set shoulders to support the oval bezel with beaded border enclosing a sardonyx double portrait cameo of Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, facing in profile towards the right, surmounted by the diamond set royal crown of France. At the back there is a silver wire monogram of the initials LM. With stamped leather ring box. French, c. 1774.
"There is But a Step Between Me and Death" c. 1789 - on the back, engraved "Mary Ridley ob 24 Mar 1789 AET 77