Victorian 14kt Carved Onyx Intaglio Ring
The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface to produce an image in relief with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax.
An incredible intaglio ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful ring is made of vibrant 14kt yellow gold and features an oval onyx stone bezel set at the center. The onyx displays a carved intaglio image, which shows the portrait head of a Greek or Roman figure shown in profile. The carved detail is very intricate, including wavy tendrils of hair, a decorative headpiece, and delicate facial features. The onyx has a rich, bold black color that looks excellent within the yellow gold mounting. Surrounding the onyx stone is an etched design that travels around the bezel, and a complimentary engraved design extends along the band at each shoulder. Stamped inside the shank is "R 14K." A fabulous intaglio ring, it would look wonderful worn by a man or woman and would make an incredible addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6.75 but could be resized. The onyx intaglio within the gold bezel measures 3/4" tall and 5/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or carved onyx intaglio, which is intact and secure.