Rings such as this one are often known as mourning rings. They were made with a lock of a dead person’s hair so the wearer could wear it and remember them. Mourning items such as rings and necklaces made with hair were very popular during the nineteenth century when the etiquette and rules around mourning became increasingly strict.
MARY GIBBS DIED 20 SEP 1794 AGED 63
This object is not on display.