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Early 18th Century Stuart Crystal Skeleton Ring


In the book "Rings, Jewellery of Love, Power and Royalty" by Diana Scarisbrick on page 170 a similar skeleton ring (without a crystal) can be viewed. Very rare, attributes include a full skeleton, a pick with shovel and two crossed bones. Remarkably, in addition is a rock crystal (Stuart crystal) over a white skull atop a black ground surrounded by braided gold wire.

The interior has a maker's mark (very rare and lovely to have) of "RN". Moreover it is engraved to the interior "D Clarke Ob Dec 19 1728 oet 44". This translates as the person D. Clarke died on December 19th of 1728 at the age of 44. Truly a fine example of English Georgian memento mori (remember that we must die), the ring is of high carat yellow gold filled in with black enamel.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: Ring is just shy of 3/16 of an inch (4 mm) in width and just over 3/16 of an inch (5 mm) at the crystal. Weight of 5.2 grams (3.3 dwt).

Ring Size: US 7-1/2 (UK just under a P; Int. Dia. 17.75; Euro 56.5 mm; Japan 15). This ring cannot be sized. An insert may be placed inside to make the ring smaller. Contact us for more details.

Hallmarks: Interior has a maker's mark of "RN" and is engraved "D Clarke Ob Dec 19 1728 oet 44".

Condition: Very good; a bit of enamel loss with a few areas of replaced enamel; crystal is fine and has not been removed and has air tight surround. Within the crystal orientation of skull and braid is a bit on a diagonal.

Date & Origin: Circa 1728 and is English in origin.

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