Rings 12.12.2011

Broken Mourning Ring c.1815

For the collector, pieces that are substandard in their condition may still be collectable for their value as defying convention for a piece of its kind or have important providence. This piece is quite typical of the first quarter of the 19th century and doesn’t have any unusual concepts about it, apart from the garnet/pearl combination and its large size. Be wary of pieces with substandard enamel work and missing stones, as restoring a piece will never make it what it once was. As a collector, it’s best to keep these pieces for their historical value over their monetary value.

When it comes to quality of this sort, regardless of the cost, what is your way of handling the piece? Would you be inclined to restore the ring or repair it and potentially replace the hair to give it a new life?