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.

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.

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Mourning ring, made in England, 1773 (source). The ring memorializes the death of Sir Evelyn Pierrepont, second Duke of Kingston. The inscription reads: H.G. the D. of Kingston ob.23.Sep.1773.Aet.62. Not lost but gone before.

Mourning ring, made in England, 1773 (source). The ring memorializes the death of Sir Evelyn Pierrepont, second Duke of Kingston. The inscription reads: H.G. the D. of Kingston ob.23.Sep.1773.Aet.62. Not lost but gone before.

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Very early ca. 1680 - 1700 mourning ring with skull.  Jewelers often made these rings for sale and then inscribed them.  Often, the deceased would have included the rings in the will .....bequeathed to close relatives and friends.

Very early ca. 1680 - 1700 mourning ring with skull. Jewelers often made these rings for sale and then inscribed them. Often, the deceased would have included the rings in the will .....bequeathed to close relatives and friends.

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A Georgian era morning ring with dedication engraved under the bezel, c1820
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Antique Georgian mourning ring made in 18k yellow gold and black enamel. Centered with an oval rubellite and accented with seed pearls. Engraving reads Dear Father ob: April 18th, AE:59. Circa 1790 England.

Antique Georgian mourning ring made in 18k yellow gold and black enamel. Centered with an oval rubellite and accented with seed pearls. Engraving reads Dear Father ob: April 18th, AE:59. Circa 1790 England.

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Concept is cool...Split steampunk mourning ring in solid bronze with by jewelsvine, $114.00

Concept is cool...Split steampunk mourning ring in solid bronze with by jewelsvine, $114.00

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Memento Mori Skull Ring. No further information. At a guess, would say it's 18th century.

Memento Mori Skull Ring. No further information. At a guess, would say it's 18th century.

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Vintage Georgian mourning ring made in 18k yellow gold. Centered with a crystal encasing a small skull illustration and white enamel that reads James Pitts Jr., 11 Jan 1772 at 31. Circa 1772.

Vintage Georgian mourning ring made in 18k yellow gold. Centered with a crystal encasing a small skull illustration and white enamel that reads James Pitts Jr., 11 Jan 1772 at 31. Circa 1772.

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