This ring was made in 1701 to memorialise James II (1633-1701), who died in exile in 1701. The black enamel is typical of a mourning ring for this period. Under the piece of crystal is a monogram ‘JR’ in gold wire. Above it is a crown supported by two angels in silk. Other similar jewels commemorate the death of William III (1650-1702) less than a year later.
Precisely whom this ring was made for is unclear. It would have displayed the wearer’s loyalty to the alternative Stuart dynasty, and antipathy to the Revolution Settlement.