Victorian 14kt Carnelian "The Hearts Desire" Intaglio Ring
The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface of a stone. Intaglios were often present in antique fobs and signet rings, used for the purpose of sealing the wax of a letter or note.
This gorgeous Victorian era (ca1880) intaglio ring is quite a special find! Made of 14kt yellow gold, the ring holds a large carnelian intaglio at the center. The hand-carved image depicts a pair of overlapping hearts that are suspended at the top. The French phrase "LE ENVIE" is engraved above, shown as a mirror image with the letters in reverse. The meaning translates to "The Desire," giving the the ring a sentimental and romantic connotation! The carnelian stone has a rich, translucent orange color which is perfectly complimented by the yellow gold setting. It rests in an open-back bezel setting, allowing light to pass through the stone. A split double band connects in the back, completing the simple and beautiful design. An unusual and artistic Victorian piece, it would make a unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has an approximate finger size of 5, but could be resized up or down. The intaglio centerpiece measures approximately 7/8" tall and 3/4" wide.
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 and securely set.