GREAT PLAGUE OF LONDON RING, SIZE 3 3/4
17th century, English. 3.2mm band with finely roped medial. Flower bud top with six radials with nubbed tips, probably based on the old Roman Wheel of Fortune. Burial in the churchyard brought you close to God, but space was limited and those nearer our hearts had priority over those whose names were forgotten. Graves were periodically dug up, and the bones removed to storage, making space for newcomers. It happened all over Europe, north to south, and no jewelry is preserved with the bones. It is our conclusion after decades of filtering through sparse information, that these rings were produced in England and recovered from graves those who perished in the Great Plague of 1655-56 in London. By English law, graves may be opened after 75 years and the buried were often replaced by more recent deceased. Size 3 3/4. Crisp detail, lightly textured from burial and professionally refurbished with 24karat gold overlay restored for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.