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Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry
Antique Georgian Marquise Ring. Purple Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring. Forget-Me-Not Ring. Rare Georgian Sentimental Memorial Jewelry

Georgian Amethyst Glass & Pearl Mourning Ring

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A rare and beautiful antique Georgian marquise ring crafted in sterling silver set with a large curved baguette of vibrant purple foiled glass that is decorated in a forget-me-not pearl motif and framed in a halo of pearls.

Known as "amethyst glass" the paste stone has a deep and distinctive hue and it is a colour favoured in 18th century mourning jewellery. The presence of pearls in the design hint at tears shed for the deceased.

The ring is large and imposing, it covers the full front of the finger from the base to middle knuckle and it is a large finger size too which is unusual for rings of this age. Given age, at over 240 years old, the ring is in very good antique condition showing expected wear and signs of advanced age. Cosmetically to the eye the ring is just beautiful with all the pearls present. There are a few surface chips here and there to the glass and a crack at one corner which is stable and shouldn't come loose, please see the magnified close up photos.

These oversized glass and gem set marquise rings were made fashionable in the late 1700s by the ill-fated French queen Marie Antionette who wore a blue glass and diamond version that became known as "Bague au Firmament" (ring of the heavens) because the blue glass representing the sky and the diamonds the stars. This is the first time we have seen one fashioned as a mourning ring, with the purple glass invoking a cold night sky and the pearls tears. It is as unusual, as it is enchanting!

MATERIALS: sterling silver, acid tested

GEMSTONES: amethyst glass cabochon measuring 1-1/8" (2.8cm) tall, 5/8" (1.6cm) wide. Natural seed pearls approx. 1.5mm diameter

MEASUREMENTS: ring size UK-Q, US 8, EU-56.5. The face of the ring measures 1-1/4" (3.2cm) tall by 3/4" (2cm) wide

HALLMARKS: None

WEIGHT: 7.4 grams

DATE: Georgian, circa 1780

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