Victoriana: August 20th 1885 – “Robbie” Hair Ring
Although jewelry containing plaits, braids or plumes of human hair was worn since the 17th century, the practice reached its zenith during the Victorian years. Not at all limited to mourning pieces, the material was prized for its incorporation into love token jewelry which was exchanged between cherished friends, family members, beaus and belles.
Interposed within a ring of 14k rose gold is a tight plait of dark ash blonde hair which is visible through pierced and open gold work or cutouts of the capital letters which spell the name “R O B B I E”. Beautiful engravings of botanical motifs, accents and an outstanding dart architectural design adorn the surface. Most likely given as a sign of affection or passing, it is inscribed to the interior in italic script “Aug. 20, 85” for August 20th, 1885.
Measurements: 5/16 of an inch (0.8 cm) at the widest.
Ring Size: US 6 (UK L-1/2; Euro 16.5; Int. Dia. 52 mm) and can be sized by our expert jewelers. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: Inscribed in script “Aug. 20, 85”.
Condition: Excellent; evidence of old resizing slightly visible (more highlighted on our photograph than in person) in a faint black streak at the very back.
Date: Circa 1885.
Important: This ring should not be in water nor exposed to any other liquids, cleaning products or harsh chemicals due to the nature of the material.
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