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Vivid Sentimental Memorial Lapis Signet

Vivid Sentimental Memorial Lapis Signet

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A gorgeous midcentury ring with a sentimental secret, this sleek lapis signet has a classic and minimalist look, while inside a heartbreaking engraving renders it all the more poignant. Though already out of step in the 20th century, mourning jewelry goes back to at least the middle ages, and was most popularized (like so many things) by Queen Victoria, who, upon Prince Albert's death in 1861, committed to a deep and public grief for the forty years she outlived him. Victorian motifs in mourning included materials such as hair (woven or painted in sepia), enamel (often black or white), and seed pearls (to represent tears), and symbolism including willows, crosses, ouroboros, and urns. Though none of these are present here, the personalization makes a subtle tribute to someone deeply loved and sadly lost at the young age of 21.

Good vintage condition with wear in line with age and use, including evidence of past resizing and wear to gold and stone.

• 9k yellow gold, with full British hallmarks for London 1961, maker's mark ACCo
• Size 8 and can be resized within two sizes
• Lapis lazuli approximately 8.5x6.5mm
• Face of ring measures 10mm wide, 8.5mm across, with a rise of 3.1mm; back of band measures 2mm wide and 0.9mm thick
• 3.7g
• Inside of ring is engraved DJH 1941-1962
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