'CHARLOTTE' - ANTIQUE 15CT GOLD GARNET & SPLIT PEARL MEMORIAL RING
I have begun referring to this ring as Charlotte, and although I won't be carrying the practice over to other stock, it seems to suit her.
She was made in memory of “Charlotte Sarah Raikes, died 31 March 1823 aged 23”. I have looked up Charlotte, and she appears in the pedigree of the Raikes family of Surrey, but there is precious little information on so short a life.The dedication inscription on the rear is clear and in exceptional condition.
The oval garnet cabochon has a split pearl surround and shoulders and the shank - which shows evidence of a repair or attempted sizing - reads “In Memory of”.
Weight 5.2g UK size Q.5 /US 8.5-75. I do not recommend resizing for this ring.
Some surface scratches, minor dents and a couple of tiny nibbles to the garnet, in keeping with the age of the ring. The garnet is a delicious deep purple-pink, which flashes a gorgeous raspberry hue in natural light; it’s truly beautiful. One split pearl was an obvious replacement when I obtained her, and has been switched out by experts for one of a size and colour in keeping with the others.