Georgian Mourning Ring size 8.5
Miniature paintings of sorrow became popular in jewellery during the 18th Century. Usually painted in sepia tones, they were often romantic pictures of entwined hearts, plinths and women draped across gravestones and urns. A broken urn represented a life cut short and weeping willow trees were often made from real hair and represented sorrow.
The miniature paintings were produced in large numbers as tokens of love or expressions of sorrow, no two were ever identical as each was hand painted.
The scene in this ring has been hand painted in vitreous enamel and kiln fired at 800 degrees celsius. Vitreous enamel paint is made of finely ground up coloured glass which melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating. The word comes from the Latin vitreum, meaning “glass”. The image took several layers of paint with a firing in-between each one to gradually build up the final image.
The setting has been inspired by Georgian jewellery of the time, the painting measures 16mm wide and 20mm high. The ring is made from sterling silver, a size 8.5 very comfy and ready to ship in a gift box.
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