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Neoclassical Enamel Memorial Ring w/ Miniature Portrait of a Young Gir

Neoclassical Enamel Memorial Ring w/ Miniature Portrait of a Young Gir

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1486870
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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Baltimore, Maryland 21212
tel. 410-435-3738

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This spectacular mourning band is of black enamel with accents of white enamel and bordered in gold accents. With its breathtaking miniature painting of a young girl, this ring is a fine example of the neoclassical influences of the Georgian period on mourning jewelry. The heavy graphic representations of death so prevalent before this time no longer suited the lightness of the Georgian era. The urns painted in gold over white enamel, the garland or wreath surround, are all examples of the neoclassical influence on mourning jewelry of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The inside of the band is a smooth, polished gold. The ring is unusual with its round bezel with a miniature portrait of the deceased at the center instead of the more typically seen hair under crystal. This family went further to assuage their grief by commissioning a fine artist to paint their child, in essence transforming making this ring into a minor work of art. Extra care should be taken and ideally the ring should not be exposed to excessive moisture. Our ring is a size US 5.25 and is not resizeable.