C.L.F. de Sainte Aldegonde Victorian Sapphire Locket Mourning Ring
An 18k yellow gold, natural sapphire, and rock crystal locket ring containing a keepsake of braided hair belonging to Casimir Louis Francois de Sainte-Aldegonde. The hair is an unusual beautiful rich brown with auburn highlights as our subject died at the young age of 39 on March 22, 1873. He came from a long line of French nobility and was the Count of Sainte Aldegonde until his death. This piece was still in the hands of the family until very recently.
Approximately 1.5 carats of sapphires. US size 6.5 and cannot be sized due to engraving. The rock crystal has some cracks to the edges as can be expected with a fragile high-set piece of this age. The locket back can be opened with a pin and the hair taken out and replaced with a custom miniature portrait, pressed flowers, or loose gemstones for example. If you would like to have a custom portrait added to this ring for an additional cost please contact us. Attached is a miniature portrait of the Comte de Sainte Aldegonde from the time of his death and information regarding his family line.
The Victorian era is the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from her accession in 1837 until her death in 1901. Victorian jewelry trends were directly influenced by the Queen's personal collection which included many sentimental pieces honoring her family and her beloved husband Prince Albert. She ruled for over 60 years and this time can be separated into three distinct stages: The Romantic Period, The Grand Period, and the Aesthetic Period.