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Sentimental Mizpah Ring Dated 1885


Sentimental jewelry was markedly popular during the Victorian and early Edwardian eras. Used as a means for expression in an otherwise “constricted” society, this type of jewelry was freely given between friends, family and lovers. Perhaps one of the more touching forms is that of “mizpah jewelry”.

The word comes from Hebrew and literally means watchtower. The concept represents the saying “The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another" with the underlying meaning of the emotional bond between close relatives or lovers who were about to be separated by catastrophic events such as war. Brooches and rings most often bore the word which was typically scribed or appliquéd in simple uppercase letters.

The example featured here is a fully hallmarked English made ring of 18k yellow and rose gold. A bit unusual as the appliquéd raised letters are a tad more ornate and alternate between yellow and rose gold. The ring itself has a graduating taper which allows for comfortable wear.

Date: 1885.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 5/16 of an inch (0.7 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/16 of an inch (0.1 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 3.7 grams (2.3 dwt).

Ring Size: US 9-1/2 (UK S-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 60.8 mm; Int. Dia. 19.4 mm; Japan 19) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Hallmarks: Full set of English hallmarks for 18k, Chester and date letter for 1885; maker's mark of SJE.

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: English.

Note: All metals are acid tested.

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