This ring dates from 1728; the absolute height of the memento mori style. It not only features the affectation of the ‘coffin’ shaped crystal, but it encapsulates the skeleton inlaid in black enamel around the band. Further to this, the element of the full skeleton inside the coffin crystal completes the sentiment. There is nowhere on the jewel that death is not represented.
Victorian stylings in hair mourning jewelry, particularly braided styles; were popular during Queen Victoria's reign. Braiding the hair kept it in tact, and was a beautiful way to display the hair in rings, brooches, pendants, and fobs.