Sir Nathaniel Conant's Mourning Ring


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 item.

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.