Dating cameo ring
View View View View #V25015 VICTORIAN 18 karat yellow gold "I Cling to Thee" ring with a cross motif in diamonds, hallmarked Chester England 1884 and maker marked "BHJ", weighs about .13ozs.
A beautiful sentiment on a beautiful and unusual ring.
Stones in the rings could also be set in a silver head with a karat gold band and rose cut diamonds, all typical of this time period.
Hair and memorial rings were worn by both men and women.
Looking at the illustrations and written descriptions is a definitive way to date pieces.
Hair jewelry was still popular and could be fashioned as a home craft or ordered from catalogues.
Taille d'epargne enamel work became very popular, as did mosaic and Mizpah rings.
It is always fun when a ring is inscribed with a date, taking the guess work out of circa dating.
Although jewelry is sometimes seen with a much later inscription, that is not the norm.
The setting also has has three leaves in gold on each side of the center cabochon.