Worn Antique Mizpah Ring
A charming antique ring, a favourite motif of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Mizpah, a Hebrew word meaning watchtower, came to be used in jewelry throughout the Victorian era for its symbolism based on a story told in the Book of Genesis: Jacob and Laban reconcile their differences and as a symbol of their peace, build a mizpah. Laban says to Jacob, "The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent, one from another." The Victorians took the word mizpah as a shorthand for this sentiment, of the protection of a relationship while the parties are separated, and used it to decorate jewels - rings and pendants especially - to be given to family, loved ones, and friends alike.
Fair antique condition with wear in line with age and heavy use, including substantial thinning to the back of the band. While we love the sentimentality of a mizpah ring especially being worn threadbare, we urge caution when wearing this ring and avoiding vigorous activity. If you wish to fortify the ring for regular use, we encourage you to have it reshanked with the understanding you will lose the hallmarks.
• 9k yellow gold, with British hallmarks for Birmingham 1914, maker’s mark lost
• Size 7.25 and cannot be resized without a full reshank
• Face of ring is 7.3mm at widest, with a rise of 1mm; back of band measures 1.8mm wide and 0.4mm thick