Rings 06.11.2014
Mourning Ring, 18ct Gold and Enamel, Hallmarked London 18ct Gold Dated 1827 inscribed with "Wm (William) Wrightson ob 26 Dec. 1827 At 75"

A Mourning Tour: In Memoriam / In Memory Of Rings, 19th Century

Black enamel bands are the most recognised of mourning jewels, being placed in very visible positions for others to see,…

Rings 14.07.2014
Mourning Ring for "Lois Boyes 24 July 1820, age 47"

Connecting And Collecting In An 1820 Ring

Collecting is an art in itself. Discovering facts about a jewel helps one find out more about the life of…

Rings 27.03.2014
Green Enamel Mourning Ring 1803

1803 Green Enamel Mourning Ring: Part 2

In the first part of this article, the elements that created a green enamel mourning ring have been discovered. The…

Rings 24.03.2014
Green Enamel Mourning Ring 1803

1803 Green Enamel Mourning Ring: Part 1

Enamel is the primary identifier for mourning and sentimental jewels, with colour being the most iconic and simplistic way to…

Rings 16.09.2013
Mourning Ring, 18ct Gold and Enamel, Hallmarked London 18ct Gold Dated 1827 inscribed with "Wm (William) Wrightson ob 26 Dec. 1827 At 75"

In Memoriam / In Memory Of Rings, 19th Century

Black enamel bands are the most recognised of mourning jewels, being placed in very visible positions for others to see,…

Rings 03.06.2013
Triple Mourning Ring, White Enamel

Triple Mourning Ring, White Enamel, 1791

The profound statement of a mourning jewel brings a tremendous amount of gravity to its existence. The dedication in a…

Rings 27.05.2013
In Memory of a Beloved Child Gothic Revival Ring

In Memory of a Beloved Child Gothic Revival Ring

Thomas Cooper Hawkins was born in 1822 and died on the third of January, 1825. This ring is a memorial…

Rings 16.05.2012
Black Enamel Swivel Ring Georgian

Black Enamel Swivel Ring, 1798 “Sacred to Friendship”

With this remarkable ring, we have an adoption of old styles moving into the beginning of the 19th century. This…

Rings 14.02.2012
1900 Hairwork Chester Band

1900 Chester Hairwork Band

As we look to the end of the 19th century in rings, particularly hairwork bands, it’s noticeable to see the…

Rings 13.02.2012
Pearl Hairwork Band 1890

Pearl Hairwork Band

In the same vein as the surrounding hair bands, this piece is c1890 and carries a single pearl (tear). Another…

Rings 10.02.2012
1891 Pearl Hairwork Enamel Band

1891 Hairwork / Black Enamel Band with a Pearl and Buckle

Hair bands, with the central groove, had the hair glued woven and glued into the ring, making them more wearable…

Rings 08.02.2012
1889 Blue Enamel Band

Blue Enamel Hairwork Band, 1889

Often hair bands did not have a top placement area and the shanks were open bodied, revealing the hair inside….

Rings 03.02.2012
Scottish Sentimental Hairwork Ring in Box

1888 Scottish Hairwork Band in Original Box

An excellent example of love tokens from the time. Still in its original heart shaped box, this ring is a…

Rings 01.02.2012
1888 Mourning Ring, Black Enamel

1888 “Father” Mourning Ring

This piece represents the difference in the top area of hair bands. Often personalised with initials, often shaped in the…

Rings 30.01.2012
Blond Hairwork Buckle Band 1881

1881 Blonde Hairwork Buckle Band

This hair band in the form of a buckle houses blonde hair. It is a very fine piece, but the…

Rings 27.01.2012
Completely Hairwork Band, Late 19th Century

Completely Hairwork Band, Late 19th Century

This band of hair is a testament to the hairworking industry in America of the time. Only the gold plaque…

Rings 13.01.2012
1876 Mourning Hairwork Band

1876 Mourning Hairwork Band

Hair bands (rings with hair woven through a compartment in the shank) became popular from the 1870s. Pieces in this…

Rings 08.01.2012
Hairwork Band, 1884

W.M.G 1884 Hairwork Band

Bands from W.M.G widely propagate. Bands for funerals, as well as simple rings themselves, were made in high order for…

Rings 04.01.2012
“my david” sentimental ring, 1860

“My David” Victorian Hairwork Band

A wonderful example of a 19th century, gold (tested) mourning ring with plaited hair band. The front of the ring…

Rings 02.12.2011
Gothic mourning ring

Adapting Styles in Mourning Bands, c.1820

Adapting bands to mainstream styles in mourning jewellery is essential to their continued existence. As we’ve discovered with the Catherine…

Rings 30.11.2011
Dedication: 2 June 1816 AET 59 / Catherine Mary Walpole mourning ring

The Evolving Band in 19th Century Mourning Rings

Mourning bands adapted styles with changing fashion, however, there is a uniformity to their prominence c.1680-1900 that is as steadfast…

Rings 27.05.2011

Hello ‘Mother’! A Hinged Hairwork Band

When it comes to hinges in rings, there are many variations of the kind and it’s only when a style…

Rings 23.10.2010

Saturday Show & Tell: 18th Century Skeletal Memento Mori Band

Because I can, here’s a sneak peek at my newest addition to the family and something you’ll be seeing a…

Rings 11.10.2010
Locket Ring, Hinged with Hairwork

Space Oddity; Understanding a Hinged / Locket Sentimental Ring with Hair

Been somewhat of an odd sort myself, it’s when I find the oddities and individuals in sentimental and mourning jewellery…

Rings 27.08.2010
Heavy Hair Band

An 1876 Hair Ring

I’ve spent the last few Fridays looking at hair bands through the late 19th century, not only because they are…

Rings 13.08.2010
1888 Sentimental Hair Band

1888 Sentimental Hair Band in Original Heart-Shaped Box

Country: Scotland (A. Struthers, 54 Leith St, Edinburgh) Year: 1888 An excellent example of love tokens from the time and…

Rings 03.08.2010
My David Hair Ring 1860

An Early Hair Ring: 1860 ‘My David’

Courtesy: Sarah Nehama Country: England Year: 1860 Dedication: My David Continuing our Friday look at all things lovely and late…

Rings 29.03.2010
Ellen Savage ob 16 Oct 1745 Memento Mori Ring

Spotlight On: Ellen Savage Mourning Ring

The exceptional quality and design of this piece is relevant for its place in time. The decorations of the skeleton,…