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Enameled Victorian mourning ring. This is so beautiful! I love the detail of the inscription inside. All I can say is that if I die, fools had better make some memorial jewelry about me, or I'll haunt them noisily and appear as a clown.

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Momento Mori Ring, circa 1700. I want one of these so bad! but it would have to…

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This ring dates from 1728; the absolute height of the memento mori style. It not only features the affectation of the ‘coffin’ shaped crystal, but it encapsulates the skeleton inlaid in black enamel around the band. Further to this, the element of the full skeleton inside the coffin crystal completes the sentiment. There is nowhere on the jewel that death is not represented.

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Mourning ring, made in England, 1773 (source). The ring memorializes the death of Sir Evelyn Pierrepont, second Duke of Kingston. The inscription reads: H.G. the D. of Kingston ob.23.Sep.1773.Aet.62. Not lost but gone before.

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Mourning Ring: gold; round the outside of the hoop a skeleton with arrow between legs, crown, cross-bones, hour-glass, pair of wings, star, spade and pick crossed; panel with inscription over sword and two crossed spears; inscribed. D-section. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum. (If you repin this without proper citation, you are probably in violation of British law.)

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Black enamel mourning ring, dated 1817, commemorating the death of Princess Charlotte who died after giving birth to a stillborn son at the age of 21.

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