Mourning rings or brooches were very common not too long ago. The jewelry contained a lock of the loved one’s hair and showed that you remembered your loss – even if you weren’t still wearing black.
The following ring was to commemorate someone who perished at sea, so there was no chance of obtaining a lock of hair.
The inscription inside the ring reads: “The cruel seas, remember, took him in November.”
I’m not sure when the tradition of wearing mourning rings fell out of favor. Probably around the early part of the 20th century.
Perhaps wearing a mourning ring helped you to mourn. Or maybe it always kept your loss close and made it more difficult for you to cope.
What do you think?