The very human emotions of love and sorrow, loss and joy have played a significant role in the history of jewelry.
Ranging from acrostic rings with gems that spell out declarations of amour, to those pieces of memento mori that remind us of the finite nature of life, these and others are known as sentimental jewelry.
Perhaps one of the more poignant archetypes is that of the mizpah ring. Popular during the Victorian and early Edwardian eras, this type of ring was given and worn when close relatives or lovers were about to be separated, often by catastrophic events such as war.
This ancient icon of two hearts needs no explanation. An old mine cut diamond is placed at each center.
Cast in 18k yellow gold, this piece of cherished jewelry displays the word, MIZPAH, across the front.