18k gold with a carved agate skull surrounded by rose- and old-cut diamonds and black enamelling, with hallmarks for London 1852. It has an interior inscription on the ring that adds another fascinating layer of history: Inscribed “James Dixon Obit 1852,” it memorialises James Dixon, a well-known English silversmith and founder of the family firm of James Dixon Sons.
Gold Jewish wedding ring engraved with the words mazel tov or good fortune. The house design symbolised both the marital home and the Temple of Jerusalem. Some time in early 1349, the unknown owner of this ring buried her precious jewelry and valuables. The Black Death had became a doubly perilous time for Jews because they were collectively accused of poisoning wells. On March 2 that same year, this woman and her family were amongst the 1000 innocent Jews killed in Erfurt by ignorant mobs.