Antique Victorian lapis lazuli locket ring with hairwork

A remarkable Victorian hairwork ring fashioned in pinchbeck with a lapis-lidded face that opens to reveal plaited hairwork. Pinchbeck is a rare-to-fine gold alloy used in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The alloy resembles 18K yellow gold an is beloved for its color and quaintness. This ring has a sturdy shank and Rococo Revival shoulders with acanthus leaf details. The rectangular face hinges open to reveal a cleverly concealed compartment set with a pretty sample of plaited hair in two colors. The crystal is in the compartment is in beautiful condition and the locket closes with a tight "snap." A lapis dress ring at first glance but something much more interesting upon inspection! A superb collector's piece.

Measurements: Size 8 US, 6.0 grams
Era: Victorian, ca. 1860s-1870s
Markings: N/A

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