Victorian Rose Gold Mourning Hair Ring Engraved "Lottie" (Item #V-lottie)
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Wearable (!) 19th century Victorian rose gold mourning ring with channel set braided brown hair, circa 1850-1870. The gold content is unmarked, but it is at least 9ct gold (and probably 14k). The setting is fairly substantial and not flimsy. The ring is a size 5, and measures 6 mm wide (nearly 1/4"). Hair is braided (varies between tightly and loosely), and is recessed inside a channel that goes around the outside of the ring. There is one area (see additional photos) where the hair appears "thinner" than the rest, i.e., you can see hints of gold through it in spots. It is not bad, but is worth mentioning. On top there are 4 gold plaque designs around the ring, the largest of which is a scrolled plaque engraved with the name "Lottie" in script. Two of the other plaques are shaped like wide X's, and the one on the back is a simple rectangle. There is a slight dent in the side of the rectangular plaque from wear. The ring is in very good condition for its age, and is a nice example of this scarce form of mourning jewelry.
Jewels made with human hair were popular expressions of sentimentality during the Victorian period. Some were mourning pieces, while others were love tokens. Since this is a woman's ring with a female name inscribed on top, this was most likely a mourning piece. Rings are rarer than other forms of hair jewelry as many did not survive intact. This ring is pictured on page 36 of Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Edition, by Christie Romero.