Stuart Crystal Georgian Ring Skull Memento Mori Death Diamond Gold Silver (6910)


Antique Stuart Crystal Memento Mori (Remember Death) ring. 14ct gold, silver, diamonds, crystal. Made in the United Kingdom 18th century. Unisex - can be worn by a man or a woman.

Measurements: Weight is 2.3 grams. US size 7 1/2 - 7 3/4. Old European cut diamonds approximately .10 - .20ct each.

Description : In the 18th century, life could not be taken for granted as it is for many of us today. Infant mortality was high, children died and even a common cold could spell disaster. Death was prevalent and a more recognised part of life than today. Mourning jewelry was a big part of appropriate attire and the warning to remember Death - Memento Mori - a common theme.

Center of bezel set with a high rising Stuart crystal, 9 faceted (including the flat table) and set in gold. The crystal encloses a classic skull / death head which gives the name Memento Mori to this type of mourning jewelry. The skull is partially surrounded by a coiled thread of gold.

Back of bezel is radiating cushion shape, typical of early closed Georgian rings. Radiating to the shoulders, set in silver are 4 diamonds, the larger in the middle, the smaller on the sides (two on each side). This is followed by slightly worn modelled silver fern-patterned set within gold hoops.

Marks and Metal: No marks, as expected. Gold was acid tested.

Condition: 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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