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Reserved! Stuart Crystal Monogrammed Mourning Ring Circa 1700 - Rare


300/760gbp Part 1 Layaway 

On hold. Please do not purchase. A rare and unique Stuart crystal mourning ring.

Set with a rectangular rock crystal bezel which has enclosed applied wire work monogram on plaited hair in rub over setting.

Tests above 15ct gold.

I am unable to make out what the monogram says.

This is an exceptional piece of museum quality jewellery and is estimated to be circa 1680-1700 in age.

U.K. Size L1/2

USA ring size 5 7/8

Central panel approx 9mm in width.

The piece has been looked over by Christies jewellery department.

Excellent condition. Setting is original to piece. Evidence of resizing on band. Minor age related rubbing to crystal and mount. Crystal is secure and not wobbly in the mount. Please see pictures.

From Lang Antiques:

Stuart crystals were flat topped carved rock crystal quartz capping a gold wire cipher and/or crown on a hairwork background. These were mounted as rings, cufflinks, pendants, earrings and slides. Usually mounted in gold, some have black or white tracery enamel. These rings were produced in support of the monarchy after the execution of King Charles I in 1649 and are a precursor of the memorial or mourning ring.

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