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Antique Victorian Shield Hair Mourning Ring 9 Carat Yellow Gold

Antique Victorian Shield Hair Mourning Ring 9 Carat Yellow Gold

Regular price £265.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £265.00 GBP
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A beautiful antique Victorian hair mourning ring crafted in solid 9 carat yellow gold. The centrepiece of this lovely ring is a shield intricately hand engraved with a monogram, possibly MV which adds a personalised touch to the piece. The band is made up of woven hairwork and detailed engraved gold panels showcasing the artistry and attention to detail of its era. Hairwork was a skilled and traditional Victorian practice used as a way to remember loved ones with the plaited hair around the shank adding a poignant connection to a departed loved one. The inscription on the inside of this ring reads "In memory of Mother, 18th Nov 1899" serving as a constant reminder of the enduring bond between mother and child. In very good antique condition with minimal light wear. All hairwork is in wonderful condition and well preserved. Unmarked but tests as 9ct gold. This beautiful mourning ring encapsulates a bygone era of sentimental craftsmanship serving as both a cherished memento and testament to the enduring power of love and remembrance.

  • Size - J 1/2 (UK), 49 1/2 (EU), 5 (US)
  • Weight - 2.6g
  • Shield measures 8.5 x 8mm approx
  • Band measures - 5mm wide approx
  • Sits 2.5mm off the finger
  • Unsuitable for resize

The boxes pictured are for display purposes. Your item will arrive in our eco friendly magpie branded ring box.

Our photographs are enlarged to show the detail of the item. Please refer to the measurements stated above to get a feel for the size.

All of our jewellery is pre-loved and as such, items may show a little sign of wear which is normal in antique and vintage jewellery and adds to its charm. We will best describe the item condition within the description and by showing this in pictures so please take this into account when making a purchase.

Shipping & Returns

Free Worldwide Delivery

All UK orders are delivered by Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed.  Orders will be dispatched within 1-2 business days and will usually arrive the following business day (depedant on location).

International orders are delivered by Royal Mail Tracked and Signed. Orders are dispatched within 1-2 business days and will arrive within 7-21 days dependant on location.

Your jewellery will be fully insured during transit and your signature will be required upon receipt.


If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase then you can return your item to us within 30 days for a full refund.

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Care Instructions

Chemicals and chlorine can damage jewellery. It is recommended that you remove it when using body care products, spraying perfume or hairspray, bathing, swimming and whilst doing housework.

Settings and stones can be damaged by accidentally striking the hand against a hard surface. It is best to remove rings when carrying out any manual work or gardening.

To clean your jewellery use tepid water and a few drops of mild soap, a soft jewellery brush or cloth.

Extra care should be taken with opal, turquoise and pearl as these are porous so soaking should be avoided.  To clean wipe with a damp soft cloth and avoid extreme changes in temperature.

When you are not wearing your jewellery it is best stored away in a suitable jewellery box for safekeeping.

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