Madame B's long, black ring indicated aristocratic connections. The style was popular in 1785 in the French court after the birth of the dauphin. It was called 'bagues a l'enfantement' because it showed the stars of the sky sprinkled around a central star- the new French heir to the throne.
|An earlier version of the ring, 'a firmament,' with diamonds evenly sprinkled on a black background was popular when Marie Antoinette became pregnant in 1774. Thanks to Bell and Bird for the photo and history.|
|This diamond and 18 kt ring from 1830 is engraved "Charlotte." The hair disintegrated and was replaced with a silver band. From Ruby Lane.|
|Also from Bell and Bird, this ring remembers, "Kathleen Chambers, Died May, 16th 1758, aged 64."|