A. Brandt + Son

Victorian 14kt Pietra Dura Flower Ring


Pietra Dura is an art-historical term for the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what amounts to a painting in stone. The stonework is assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section is practically invisible.

This beautiful Victorian ring (ca1880) is a wonderful example of the Pietra Dura art form! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, this gorgeous ring features a round centerpiece displaying a single flower. The feminine flower has blooming white petals, two green leaves and an olive stem, and together, the stones are inlaid within a rich black background. The beautiful design is so delicate that it almost appears to be a painting. The Pietra Dura center rests in a yellow gold bezel setting and a beautiful double-layered scalloped wirework design can be seen from the sides. The polished gold band splits into three "leaves," at the shoulders, all featuring intricate etching and gorgeous tracery black enameling, ending with three black enameled squares at the base of each shoulder. Unusual and beautiful, this piece would make a stunning addition to any collection!

Measurement: The ring measures 5.5 and could easily be resized if needed. The centerpiece measures 1/2" in diameter. 

Condition: The overall condition of the ring is great. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to gold setting, however there is some wear to the fine black tracery enameling, which is very common for its age. There are some cracks in the Pietra Dura, however, due to the symmetrical nature of the cracks, we are unsure if the cracks were intentional during the creation of the piece or if they occurred due to wear over time.

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