Victorian Rare 18kt Carnelian Intaglio Portrait 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. Intaglios were often used incorporated into signet rings to sign and seal the wax of a letter or note.
A very rare intaglio ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful handmade piece is crafted in 18kt yellow gold and features a bezel set carnelian stone at the center. The carnelian is hand carved with the intaglio image of a portrait head shown in profile. The carved detail is very intricate, including a individual facial features, dots that represent short curls of hair, draped fabric at the neckline, and a single earring that dangles from the earlobe. The polished carnelian has a rich, deep orange color and soft translucence that is accentuated when held to the light. The simple gold bezel has an open back and extends to a smooth band, completing the lovely design. A very special intaglio ring, it would make an incredible addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6.25 but could easily be resized up or down. The intaglio centerpiece 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 to the carved carnelian intaglio, which is intact, secure, and free of any visible chips or scratches.