Victorian 18kt Yellow Gold & Amethyst 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.
A gorgeous intaglio ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This signet ring has a rounded rectangular shaped amethyst stone with an intaglio carved into the center. The carved image appears to be a family shield which is bezel set in an 18kt yellow gold mounting. The face of the shield reads "AM" at the top with "COSTANTE" and "AGITATO" on either side of a carved compass. On each side of the intaglio stone is an ornate embossed design on the shoulder of the gold band which has a textured surface. On the inside of the ring are a few hand etched markings; please refer to the pictures. This fabulous ring would make a beautiful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The intaglio measures a little less than 1/2" wide and a little less than 5/8" tall. The ring has a finger size 8 but could easily be resized.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. There is some normal surface wear to the amethyst stone and a couple very small and minor chips in the intaglio which is not unusual for a Victorian piece. There is no apparent damage to the gold mounting.