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This rose gold oval ring is set at the center with a lock of hair under glass surrounded by ten pearls. Each shoulder of the shank is decorated with three pearls. The split band terminates in scrolls below the pearls.
pearl (animal material)
Title Mourning ring Accession Number 1916.223
Title Red leather ring box Accession Number 1916.224
Title 226 - Ring in black case Accession Number 1916.225
Title Ring Accession Number 1916.227
Title Hair chain Accession Number 1916.229
7/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Mrs. James L. Beal
For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219.