Art Deco Chinese Sterling & Hand Carved Peach Pit Ring
Carved peach pit artwork is part of a centuries old Chinese tradition! Peach pits were associated with special symbolism, believed to protect against misfortune and ward off evil. Typically incorporating layered scenes, landscapes, and floral motifs, it required a great level of skill and precision to produce a peach pit carving of high quality and artistry. The final hand carvings were sometimes incorporated into jewelry, and are now very unique and collectible finds!
This unusual and artistic carved peach pit ring from the Art Deco (ca1930) era is a wonderful example of the craft! This unique ring features an old hand-carved peach pit that rests in the center of a vintage sterling setting. The carved peach pit has a warm, rich brown color and matte surface that resembles wood. The carving itself is quite exceptional, including intricate detail depicting a small Chinese scene. Four robed figures are gathered beside a small tree, with beautiful flower blossoms in bloom above them. They sit in front of an open entryway with paneled pillars and a slanted roof overhead. Four prongs hold the carving in place, and the sterling setting is left simple and smooth. This one-of-a-kind ring is a true work of art and would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6 but could easily be resized up or down if desired. The peach pit measures 7/8" tall, 5/8" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the carved peach pit, which is intact.