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Commemorative ring

A type of finger ring (an example of commemorative jewelry) having on the bezel an engraving or enamelled portrait to commemorate some occasion.

Many such English rings related to the execution of Charles I, the Restoration, and the Jacobite cause, as well as the death of persons connected with the 1745 Rebellion.

French rings commemorate events such as Napoleon's escape from Elba. Some pieces made in Poland commemorate events in that country. All such rings were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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