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.
18th c. Skeletal coffin ring A rare example of an 18th century memento mori skeletal band, dated 1727. A full skeleton, reserved on black enamel, encircles the gold hoop of the ring. Unusually, there is a crown above the skull, signifying death is the master of all, and below the skeletal feet is a tablet engraved with the words memento mori, flanked by symbols of the Passion.