In 2012 Charlotte Sayers, who deals
in antique jewellery from Grays Antique Market in London, was offered a ring
inscribed with Sir Nathaniel Conant on the inside. Charlotte took these
photographs and sent the details to Edward Conant.
Edward has since purchased the
It turned out to be a mourning ring
which Wikipedia describes as "a finger ring worn in memory of someone who has
died. It often bears the name and date of death of the person, and possibly an
image of them, or a motto. They were usually paid for by the person
commemorated, or their heirs, and often specified, along with the list of
intended recipients, in wills. Any stone is usually in black, typically Jet
stone. They were popular in Victorian times, and earlier."
Click for the British Museum article on mourning rings.