Victorian 14kt "Veritas Liberavit" Griffin Intaglio Signet Ring
A signet ring can be represented with an intaglio, which is created by carving below the surface of a stone, or by a simple smooth seal. Its purpose would have been to seal the wax of a letter or note.
A very special and unusual gold signet ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of 14kt yellow gold, the ring has a square-shaped face with a carved intaglio center. At the center of the signet is the image of a Griffin, which is a mythological creature that has the body of a lion with the head and wings of an eagle. A long horizontal bar runs across its body, separating the bottom from the top. At either side of the Griffin are the Latin words "VERITAS" and "LIBERAVIT", which roughly translates to 'The Truth Will Set You Free'. Both words are spelled backwards in a mirror image, meant to appear legible when used as a seal. The shoulders of the ring have a decorative design, which extends to a simple, smooth band stamped "14K" inside. This incredible ring is simply stunning and would look wonderful worn by a woman or a man!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 6.5 but could easily be re-sized. The square signet measures 1/2". The overall pennyweight of the piece is 4.6 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 signet design.