A sentimental ring, a golden band of 18kt yellow gold meticulously cut with Gothic lettering spelling F A T H E R. Beneath the letters, under good light, you see hair finely braided, beautifully preserved. There is fine goldwork throughout the face of the ring. The ring is size 7 and has enough gold to be resized within reason. This piece is entirely appropriate for wear by either a man or a woman.
Sentimental jewelry has a place in my heart, because it signifies a strong relationship between two people. In my eyes, jewelry incorporating the use of hair is the strongest of sentimental pieces. Martha Gandy Fales, in her definitive book "Jewelry in America 1600-1900" quotes Godey's Lady's Book in the 1860s as writing: "Hair is at once the most delicate and lasting of our materials and survives us, like love." Hair of their betrothed was often carried in locket rings, pins, bracelets and necklaces by both fiances and fiancees. This was strictly sentimental - not mourning. Hair was also carried by those left behind, after the death of a loved one. Mourning jewelry. Godey's continued: "....with a lock of hair...I have a piece of thee here, not unworthy of thy being now."
Whether this ring was made for a devoted child celebrating his or her living father, or a grieving child mourning his or her loss, in unknown. What is known is that it is a poignant, rarely found piece of historic jewelry. Free USA Shipping, Handling, Insurance