A spectacular and near pristine Georgian braided hair memorial ring is rendered in 10k rose gold with an arrangement of three colors of enamel (quite unusual)!
French blue serves as the outer ring, then two channels of royal blue rest next, and all are dotted with eight marquise or eye-shaped enamel dots that are placed at an angle.
A convex glass covers plaited locks of light chestnut brown hair.
Quintessentially neoclassical, this style of ring only persisted from about 1780 at the very earliest, to about 1810 or a bit longer. Long, it covers the entire finger, yet does not sit up too high.
Studying this ring will aid you in identifying similar hair, sepia miniature, or diamond and enamel rings of these decades.
Note the graduated rose gold, plain, smooth and highly polished smooth without engraving or details.
Hand engraved to the underside shows that this was a gift to I.E.M. (with a small e above and to the right) from M. F. R. (and possibly a small T after) and a faded date of 99 or perhaps 89. There are also two faded initials on the left.
For similar examples of sketches with diamonds and enamel see page 117 of the book, "Rings Through the Ages" and others in hair and miniatures on nearby pages. Also on pages 74 and 75 of "Finger Rings" by Diana Scarisbrick and Martin Henig.
Note: This ring should not be exposed to water or liquids Contact us for details.