Art Nouveau Silver Repousse Floral Signet Ring
A signet ring can be represented with an intaglio, which is created by carving into the surface of a stone, or with a simple smooth seal. Its purpose would have been to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A lovely signet ring from the Art Nouveau era (ca1900)! This feminine ring is crafted in sterling silver and has a wonderful aesthetic movement motif. The design comes to life in textured repousse detail, with blooming flowers and flowing vines. Framed at the center is an elongated oval signet, which is left simple and smooth, but could be engraved with a set of initials if desired. The decorative shoulders at either side extend to a smooth, tapered band in the back, which is stamped with two small initials inside. An artistic and elegant piece, this lovely signet ring would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 5.75, but could be resized up or down. The oval signet centerpiece measures approximately 1/2" tall and 1/4" wide.
Condition: The ring remains in very good antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or repousse motif. A natural patina rests within the grooves of the repousse work, which is normal for an antique piece and adds further depth to the design. The band is very slightly misshapen at the back, which is likely due to previous resizing. However, the asymmetry is minor and not noticeable when worn.