Victorian Large 14kt Carnelian "Leda and the Swan" Intaglio Signet Ring
The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving into the surface of a stone to produce an image in relief, with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax. A signet ring can be represented with an intaglio, or with a simple smooth seal. Its purpose would have been to sign and seal the wax of a letter or note.
A stunning and unusual intaglio signet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This relatively large piece is crafted in 14kt yellow gold, and adorns a stunning bezel set carnelian stone at the center of a beautifully carved band. The stone exhibits a rich, burnt sienna hue, and the surface portrays]s a highly detailed carved image of the Greek mythological story depicting "Leda and the Swan" in which the God Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces Leda. A custom, Victorian style mounting embraces the stone and features graduated shoulders embellished with a gorgeous swirled design trailing into a smoothly polished band. A fabulous and incredible piece with a captivating story, this remarkable ring would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of scant 8.75, but could be resized. The centerpiece measures about 7/8" wide and 1" tall, and rests about 1/4" above the finger when worn. The band measures 3mm wide at the back.
Condition: The ring remains in overall great antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting. The carnelian is intact and securely set, however, there is remnants of a repaired crack along the front surface. The repair was made prior to our acquisition, but was very well done, and is only noticeable under close examination user a jeweler's loupe, and does not distract from the overall beauty of the piece.