ANTIQUE ENGLISH 22K GOLD ENAMEL DIAMOND STUART CRYSTAL SKULL MOURNING RING c1731
An antique English high carat gold (tests around 22 carat) mourning ring; finely made, with black enamelling to the shank, and two glistening rose-cut diamonds in silver settings flanking a Stuart crystal, with a foil backing and holding a tiny skull. Inscribed to the inner shank 'Thomas Higgins ob. 15 Apr. 1731 æt. 75'.
Wow - such a high quality early example...immensely collectible & wearable too!
CONDITION: All original and generally very good. Slight signs of wear & some enamel loss commensurate with age and use. A few tiny nicks to one diamond edge. Some foil deterioration under crystal
DATE/MARKS: Around 1731. Not hallmarked.
DIMENSIONS: Crystal 5.3 x 4.7 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
RING SIZE: R or 9 US (cannot be resized).
WEIGHT: Approx. 4.0 grams.