Victorian 14kt Carnelian Grecian Goddess 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 intaglio signet ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of 14kt yellow gold, the ring has an oval-shaped carnelian intaglio held in the center. The carved image is very artistic and appears to represent a Grecian goddess or muse. The female figure is shown holding a round an orb or disc in each hand, the fabric of her robe flowing behind her. Framing the carnelian stone is a gorgeous filigree mounting with a floral motif that decorates the shoulders of the ring. A pattern of applied flowers lines the sides of the band, and a scrolled wire work design forms the gallery below the stone. The pairing of the yellow gold setting with the rich, translucent orange of the carnelian is quite marvelous! Stamped inside the shank is "14" along with a small hallmarked symbol. This gorgeous intaglio ring would make a stunning everyday piece and is perfect for any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The ring has a large finger size of 6.5, but could be resized if necessary. The center measures 5/8" tall and 1/2" wide. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 8.0 dwt.
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 carnelian intaglio, which is intact.