Belfor Antiques

Antique Georgian Melanite, Pinchbeck & Vermeil Mourning Ring


Antique Georgian Black Mourning Ring         Circa 1800-1810     United Kingdom

Rare and extraordinary ring from England's Georgian era.   Unusual in its design, a melanite mourning ring.    Melanite is andradite, which is black garnet.   Garnet comes in various colors and black garnets were used extensively for lady's mourning rings in he early days of the 19th century.   Here we  have a center oval flat stone in melanite surrounded by round faceted melanite stones.  All the stones are set in pinchbeck.   Pinchbeck was a less expensive substitute for gold, originally developed in 1740 and used extensively in jewelry   It is lighter than gold but greatly resembles gold and is considerably less expensive   Also, it seems that the shank of the ring is not original; it was replaced by a vermeil (gold over sterling silver)

Melanite has a fabulous brilliance and renowned for its spiritual properties of purifying negative energy and aiding in creativity.  A very desirable stone on the spiritual level

Size 8    Can be easily sized by a jeweler   Face of the ring measures 3/4 inch in height    1 inch in width    (see all photos)

In remarkable condition for its 230+ year age

Excellent condition


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