Victorian Egyptian Revival 14kt Scarab Beetle Hinged Poison Ring
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as “archaeological revival jewelry”. The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820's and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery such as the scarab beetle.
A fabulous and unusual scarab ring from late Victorian (ca1900) era! This beautiful Egyptian Revival piece is crafted in vibrant 14kt yellow gold and displays a fantastic scarab beetle motif at the center of a lovely band. The 3-dimensional beetle has wonderful and realistic textured detail, especially around its face, which is accented with two beaded eyes. Referred to as a "poison ring," the scarab is hinged at the bottom and opens to reveal a small compartment that can be used to store a special keepsake or photograph, if desired. A hidden pin is riveted through the body of the scarab, securing the insect to the "u" shaped band and allowing the centerpiece to fully swivel, creating a fun and unusual element. Delicate wirework is tightly coiled half way around each side of the band, ending in a elegant swirled design. Finishing the look is a smoothly polished shank that wraps around the back, and a "14K" gold purity mark and maker's mark is stamped on the inside edge of the compartment. This wonderful and unique piece would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 6 but it could be resized slightly. The scarab beetle measures approximately 5/8" tall, 1/2" wide and rests about 1/4" above the finger when worn. The band measures about 2mm wide at the back. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 4.9dwt (7.7 grams).
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, hinged design, or locket feature.