The Georgian Lady in Mourning Ring

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The Georgian Lady in Mourning Ring

1,600.00

Metal: 15K Gold 

Stone: Crystal Face

Face Size: 1.4" L x .8" W

Size: 6.75

Era: 1788

What You Should Know: Face is painted on ivory with a lady in mourning, and urn, a cherub, and a very faded dove. Reads "Forgive The Wish That Would Have Kept Thee Here." Engraved on the back " Will Fenton 13 July 1788 AET 40" 

*This Ring Can Be Resized

One of the reasons that we have always been drawn to antique jewelry, particularly Georgian and Victorian pieces, is that they are jammed packed with secret messages. The use of symbolism seems to be a lost art now, but in the 18th century, nothing was created without thought behind every design decision. The result was not only beautiful wears, but meaningful ones.

This practically perfect Georgian ring has four motifs painted on its ivory background letting us know it is a memorial ring. First, the woman depicted is a sign of mourning. Not always necessarily representing a widow, the female was considered the ideal mourner, and purveyor of grief. With the woman standing next to our second motif, an urn, we know she is grieving a death. The urn was a popular neoclassical symbol in the Georgian era, politely but loudly representing a personal loss. The final two symbols- the cherub and the dove, put a positive conclusion to the mourning of the wearer. Doves signify love, peace, hope and the cherub was the guardian of the heavenly gates. The bordering words read, “Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here”, which is from an old hymn about the acceptance of the afterlife.

This memorial ring may have some heavy connotations, but its light ivory, warm gold, and beautiful craftsmanship makes it completely wearable. A collection must have. 

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