Later in the seventeenth century, rings were distributed at funeral services to be worn in memory of the deceased. 'Memento mori' (remember you must die) inscriptions & devices such as hourglasses, skulls, crossbones and skeletons became fashionable on many types of jewellery, reminding the wearer of the briefness of life and the necessity of preparing for life in the world to come. this gold ring is English, c.1600
1700 "From the inscription on the back of this slide, which is partially in latin, we know that it was made in memory of a child with the initials IC who had died on the 6th July (year not recorded) aged 3 years and 8 months."
Mourning ring - Enamelled gold mourning ring, the hexagonal bezel with incurving sides, enamelled in white with a skull surrounded by the inscription + NOSSE TE. YPSUM and on the edge + DYE TO LYVE with volutes and foliated shoulders enamelled in black.
Georgian enamelled memorial ring set with rock crystal. Horizontally set to centre with a faceted coffin shape rock crystal in a stepped rubover setting on to an intricate depiction of a skeleton, flanked by a smooth conforming band with black enamel and an etched raised relief of an extremely intricate yellow gold full reclining skeleton with skull and cross bones, flowing around the band.