Victorian "Maria" Mourning Band

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From the 16th century through to the end of the 19th, locks of hair were regularly exchanged between family members and lovers.  The art of making hair into jewelry, however, was generally reserved for memorializing a deceased loved one.  An allotment of money was often set aside in a will to make mourning rings, lockets, or bracelets to commemorate the deceased, which were then given out at the funeral.  This ring beautifully reflects the tastes at this particular period. The piece features an inset channel of braided hair with a gold plate engraved "Maria."