One hestitates to contradict the great metaphysical poetic and theologian John Donne who believed that ‘death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes’.
But, in the commercial sphere of
mourning jewellery, a definite hierarchy persists. And names are
A collection of 18th and early 19th century
mourning rings offered at
Gorringes, Lewes in 30 lots (23 were sold) included a full
spectrum of price points - from £100 to £6200.
The high point was provided by the gold and
enamel memorial ring, picturedhere. Marked for
GR London 1824, the £400-600 estimate at the sale on
February 6-7 would have been more than adequate had it not
commemorated the great 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' Romantic
The decoration included a red and white
crown above the word Byron and a black enamelled shank
inscribedin memory ofwith an internal glazed panel and
inscription died 19 April 1824 at 36.
Such mementos always come to the attention
of the Byron Society and at Lewes, a collector took this one at