Victorian 18kt Green Agate Intaglio Ring
A signet ring can be represented by a smooth or engraved seal, or with an intaglio, which is created by carving into the surface of a stone. Its purpose would have been to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A beautiful and unusual intaglio signet ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The handmade 14kt yellow gold setting holds a green agate intaglio at the center. The carved image is very artistic, and appears to represent a figure that stands beside a large bird- perhaps an image derived from ancient Greek mythology. The vivid green agate is surrounded by a simple gold bezel, which is open in the back. Completing the design is a gold band that attaches to the centerpiece with a split pillar motif. A hallmark is stamped inside the shank, which is no longer entirely visible due to normal wear, but appears to read "18CT." This unique intaglio ring would make a lovely everyday piece and is perfect for any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 5.25, but could be resized up or down if necessary. The intaglio centerpiece measures 1/2" tall, 3/8" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the green agate intaglio, which is intact and free of chips or scratches. There is a very light patina present on the surface of the gold, which is normal for a Victorian era piece and is quite subtle.