Always with you
Sentimental commemorative gold & hair ring, circa 1880
In the 19th century, jewellery with hair inlays were popular in many parts of Europe, but especially in England. For hair is a physical part of the human being, which outlasts and can also remind us of a beloved person over time and distance - and this materially, not only ideally. Jewellery with hair was therefore not only mourning jewellery, but also an expression of friendship or even love. The present ring consists of a golden band on which a fine braid of artistically plaited brown hair rests under two clasps. To plait hair for jewellery, or to make elaborate shapes out of it, was an art of its own in those years: how far this had developed is shown by the fact alone that the present ring has survived in such beautiful condition to this day. The ring shows a curved cartouche field in its centre to accommodate an engraving. Under what circumstances the ring was once given away can only be speculated. Presumably, however, it was a gift of friendship or love: for i no engraving nicely a date of death, as we often find in mourning jewelry. Rather, it was probably once an expression of deep attachment between two people who tenderly remembered each other.
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.