Estate 14kt Blue Glass Tassie + Wide Gold Band Ring
A tassie is a paste or glass copy of a cameo or intaglio. Scottish gem engraver James Tassie created replicas of ancient agates and gemstones and together with Dr. Henry Quin of Dublin, they came up with an opaque glass that could replicate various colors and patterns. Tassies were created using a molding process rather than carving.
This unusual Estate glass tassie ring is a gorgeous nod to the Victorian era! The ring is crafted in soft, 14kt yellow gold and holds a plaque of ocean blue-colored glass at the center. A bold bezel setting holds the vibrant tassie in place, which displays the intaglio image of what appears to be two people admiring a statue of a winged cherub, or possibly the bust of a man, resting on a pedestal. The tassie is flanked with stylish gold bars at either shoulder and the design is completed with a wide gold band that tapers towards the back. The side has a small raised oval plaque that reads "14KT ITALY" and "<< >>", a maker's mark. A fantastic Estate ring, it would be a fabulous addition to any collection.
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 7.25, but could be resized. The glass tassie measures a little more than 1/2" wide and 3/8" tall. The band measures about 1/2" wide across the front and tapers to 1/4" on the underside. The ring sits 1/8" above the finger when worn.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold mounting or to the glass tassie, which is free of chips and securely set.