Early Victorian 14kt Carnelian Repousse Men's Signet Ring
A signet ring can be represented with an intaglio, which is created by carving below the surface of a stone or by a simple smooth seal. Its purpose would have been to seal the wax of a letter or note.
This signet ring is particularly beautiful. Although the seal is a smooth, simple design, it is wonderfully handmade with a hollow, repousse band. Made of 14kt yellow gold, this man's ring from the early Victorian (ca1843) era! The signet center is a rectangular shaped carnelian stone which has a smooth surface and a beveled edge. The carnelian is set within a scrolled gold frame that has milgrained details. On each side of the stone is an ornate repousse design which is in excellent condition. The color of the carnelian is a deep orange, which looks beautiful with the color of the gold. On the inside of the ring are the hand engraved markings, "A.v.B.", and "1843". This fabulous ring would make a beautiful addition to any man's collection!
Measurements: The carnelian seal measures a little less than 5/8" wide and 1/2" tall. The ring has a finger size 11 which could be slightly resized if needed. The hollow, repousse design makes it very difficult to size too much.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold mounting or to the carnelian stone.