This ring dates from 1728; the absolute height of the memento mori style. It not only features the affectation of the ‘coffin’ shaped crystal, but it encapsulates the skeleton inlaid in black enamel around the band. Further to this, the element of the full skeleton inside the coffin crystal completes the sentiment. There is nowhere on the jewel that death is not represented.
Enameled Victorian mourning ring. This is so beautiful! I love the detail of the inscription inside. All I can say is that if I die, fools had better make some memorial jewelry about me, or I'll haunt them noisily and appear as a clown.
Mourning ring, made in England, 1773 (source). The ring memorializes the death of Sir Evelyn Pierrepont, second Duke of Kingston. The inscription reads: H.G. the D. of Kingston ob.23.Sep.1773.Aet.62. Not lost but gone before.
Very Rare Georgian Enamel Skull Ring - The Three Graces - Centered is a faceted rock crystal with the image of a skull underneath. Encasing the rock crystal is a simple gold bezel with a beautiful basket weave pattern on the verso. Inscribed in capital letters on separate enameled panels is “Christ. Alderson Ob. 27 Aug 1736, AET 33” translated Christian Alderson passed on 27th of August in 1736 at the age of age 33.
Very early ca. 1680 - 1700 mourning ring with skull. Jewelers often made these rings for sale and then inscribed them. Often, the deceased would have included the rings in the will .....bequeathed to close relatives and friends.