A mourning ring
is a finger ring
worn in memory of someone who has died. It often bears the name and date of death of the person, and possibly an image of them, or a motto. They were usually paid for by the person commemorated, or their heirs, and often specified, along with the list of intended recipients, in wills. Any stone is usually in black, typically jet stone
. They were popular in Victorian times, and earlier; such as this example
of a ring commemorating Jeremy Bentham
. In many cases, there is a lock of hair of the deceased placed under the crystal stone.
Some people whose bequeathing of mourning rings is described in their article