Antique Georgian French Restoration Mourning or Memorial Ring. 14-18k yellow gold and gems. Early 19th century, French 1819-1838. <P><P>
Measurements: US size 9 3/4. Weighs 2.8grams. <P><P>
The ring in 3 parts joined together at the back. The two outer parts are ridged and each has a small colette-set, table-cut gemstone. Raising the sides reveals open secret compartments or lockets on either side of the flower-head bezel. Each of the sides has a minute 'hook' which attaches to the central flower. The latter turns and locks them in place.
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Large size of ring hints that it may have been worn over gloves. <P><P>The hinges are so fine you cannot see them with the naked eye and they are indistinguishable from the rest of the hoop. When locked, the 3 parts form a single band with colette-set floral gemstones.
The table cut of the gemstones was the earliest form of gem-cutting known in Europe and hints at a very early date. <P><P>
According to our Presidium gem tester, gems could be aquamarine, tourmaline, rock crystal or other similar gems. Middle stone of central flower is amethyst. <P><P>
The lockets (now empty) of these memorial rings usually held the hair of beloved departed family members. <P><P>
Marks: Ram's head hallmark can be seen with magnification. This mark was used in France for 18k gold between 1819 - 1838. We also acid tested the gold, which came out as between 14 and 18k. <P><P>
Condition: good with minor wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions, which we will do our best to answer.
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