Elizabeth Locket Ring

Posted By claire on October 20, 2009

Elizabeth I had a very special piece of jewellery commissioned in around 1575, a piece that would mean so much to her that she would wear it on her finger until it was taken off her body after her death. What am I talking about? I am talking about Elizabeth I’s famous locket ring.

Elizabeth's original locket ring

Elizabeth's original locket ring

Why is this ring so important?

Quite simply because it is the only real evidence of how important Elizabeth’s mother Anne Boleyn was to the Queen. It is said that Elizabeth I hardly mentioned Anne Boleyn, the mother who had been executed for adultery and treason when Elizabeth was just 2 years old, although she may have reminisced with her good friend Blanche Parry or the Boleyn relatives she surrounded herself with. But, it was too risky for Elizabeth to mention Anne in public, to draw attention to the fact that she was the illegitimate daughter of a woman known as a whore or witch, a woman who was said to have betrayed the King of England. Elizabeth could only grieve for Anne in private and this ring showed how important Anne’s memory was to her daughter.

Elizabeth's original locket ring

Elizabeth's original locket ring

The Locket Ring

The original ring, which still exists today, was made from a ring of mother of pearl which was embossed with tiny diamonds and rubies. The ring setting, or the front of the locket attachment, was set with 6 diamonds which formed the letter “E” over a blue enamel “R” for “Regina”. The ring top also had a beautiful pearl. What was ingenious about this ring is that it had a secret locket compartment which opened to reveal two miniature portraits – one of Elizabeth and one of a woman with a French hood and with features remarkable similar to Elizabeth’s. It could only be Anne Boleyn.

Elizabeth I obviously cherished this piece of jewellery, so I thought it would be great to offer a replica of this ring. Daniela worked hard designing a replica from photos of the original and she’s come up with a fantastic replica that harnesses all of the important and beautiful qualities of this ring:-

  • The E design made from vintage baguette shaped crystals.
  • The pretty rubies, or glass rubies in our case!
  • The beautiful pearl
  • The locket bearing Elizabeth and Anne’s portraits which can be renoved and replaced with your own loved ones’ photos

Watch the slideshow to see Daniela’s version of Elizabeth’s locket ring which you can buy now for $45 from The Elizabeth Files shop – click here for details.

I really hope that you like this and that it will remind you of both Elizabeth and Anne, two wonderful and iconic women.

Comments

16 Responses to “Elizabeth Locket Ring”

  1. Amanda says:

    Wow! That is truly a gorgeous replica, and how touching that Elizabeth wore that ring until her death.

  2. Portia says:

    i don’t like it at all…looks nothing like the original and very tacky…I expected something more similar too band…who is currently in possession of the original ring?

  3. Claire says:

    The ring has been displayed at the National Maritime Museum but I think it is housed at Chequers. So sorry you don’t like it, it’s obviously tricky to do an exact replica.

  4. Natalie says:

    This is a very nice article…I’ve always been very interested in this ring. It’s a very touching and sweet story.
    And by the way, I’ll have to disagree with one of the former comments – I think that the replica is also beautiful! I don’t think it’s tacky at all!

  5. lisaannejane says:

    I think it looks beautiful. Do you think it could be made to fit on a necklace? I have a hard time keeping rings from getting scratched. Please tell Daniela that I get many compliments in my B brooch and necklace.

  6. lisaannejane says:

    Sorry – please tell her I get many compliments about my brooch and necklace!

  7. Claire says:

    Thanks Amanda, Natalie and Lisa, I’m glad you like it and it is a very touching story.

    LIsa, the ring was actually made by Daniela who makes our “The Tudors” range over at the AB Files and the Elizabeth Movie range here. It was Steve who made your B necklace and brooch but I will definitely pass on your compliments to him. Steve makes our Elizabethan replica range on here, including the coins and the Princess Elizabeth necklace. I’ll ask Daniela about the necklace idea – that’s actually a great idea anyway!

  8. rochie says:

    It is a lovely piece of work. and a great conversation piece, too, because you can explain the story behind it, which is so touching. Daniela is very clever.

  9. Claire says:

    Thanks, Sarah! Yes, I think that, like the Anne Boleyn B Necklace, this is a conversation starter, a chance to educate people who ask about it.

  10. Nancy says:

    Claire & Daniela,

    I shared the story of the Ring with my daughter (a pre-teen), and she wants one for Christmas!! I was so touched that she would wear it proudly and that she enjoyed the history behind it as well. Thanks again for making this available to us so that we may create our own family history!

    Nancy

  11. Sway says:

    That’s a wonderful article and all sounds very nice.
    But I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t actually just two portraits of Elizabeth… one of the young Elizabeth and one of Elizabeth in her later years.
    It’s just that the hair of the ‘younger’ portrait is really, really light – like, blondish red… And I know, that Anne had really dark, almost black long hair. So…how could it be her?
    Would be wonderful but I really doubt it.

  12. Irasema says:

    Claire, thanks for the information!
    Do you think this ring is carried on in any of the portraits?

    Regards!

  13. Claire says:

    I haven’t spotted it in any of her portraits…

  14. Reese says:

    I second Sway. Although I love the idea of it being Anne Boleyn, is there really proof that the picture isn’t just a young Elizabeth?

  15. tobyn says:

    In looking at the two pictures it looks to me like the upper half of the ring overlaps
    And hides the lower half …if the pictures were to be secret that would make sense.
    I think if you could modify the design to do so it would only enhance the design and the value of the ring

  16. Hello,
    Is the Locket Ring still available to purchase?
    Kind regards,
    Margot

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