This beautiful Victorian mourning ring fashioned in 18k yellow gold features split pearls forming a cross on a black enamel face with lovely enamel detailing on the shoulders. The inner band is engraved "M.B. born 1805 died 1881.
There is a maker's mark and a stamp for 18k as well as a kitemark indicating June 2, 1875. During the Victorian Era in Great Britain and, sometimes in addition to hallmarks, a diamond-shaped "British Registration Design Number & Date Mark", known as a “kitemark” was used on jewelry and other decorative arts. Similar to a patent mark, these marks were stamped to indicate the date a particular design was registered and were used between 1842-1883.
The black enamel is in wonderful condition with some wear commensurate with age on the front face. One pearl is a replacement, done in antiquity. The front face measures 8.3mm across by 8mm tall and the band tapers down to 2.6mm at the back. This ring has a nice weight of 4.4g and is a size 8. You will receive the pictured ring.
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