Sentimental and meaningful jewelry was the rule, not the exception, during the late 18th century through most of the 19th century.
Perhaps one of the more poignant archetypes is that of Mizpah jewelry. The word literally means watchtower in Hebrew and represents the saying “The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another” .
It was used to illustrate the emotional bond between close relatives, lovers or those who were about to be separated by circumstances.
Here is an intricately, particularly fine example designed in 18k three colors of gold. Yellow, rose and green gold adorn the ring.
A subtle scalloped border is then lined with twisted gold. The interior contains the word "MIZPAH," alternating fancy lettering of rose and green gold. Around the remainder of the band rests a raised trail of oak leaves.
Oak leaves have long symbolized strength, endurance and a connection to the divine. This Victorian 19th century example is the epitome of one of the finest examples.