Victorian Sterling/14kt Diamond Skull Locket Ring
A very unique compilation ring from the Victorian era (ca1880)! The wonderful design combines two Victorian era elements to create an unusual piece with a stylish skull motif. The ring itself is crafted in sterling silver, with a smooth band and oval-shaped center. A hidden detail can be found underneath the oval centerpiece, which is hinged at the side and flips open. Often referred to as a "poison ring" or "locket ring," the hidden compartment could be used to store a small item or photograph inside. The disguised compartment feature of the ring makes it a subtle and secretive piece! Resting on the face of the oval seal is a 14kt gold Victorian skull, which has sparkling single cut diamond eyes, and lightly engraved detail representing its teeth and nasal bone. An applied patina gives a darkened appearance to the silver setting, adding depth and contrast to the mixed metals design. A wonderful example of Victorian era compilation jewelry, this striking ring would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6, but could easily be re-sized up or down as desired. The oval centerpiece containing the hidden compartment measures 5/8" tall, nearly 1/2" wide, and 3/8" at the highest point. The skull itself measures 3/8" tall and 1/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the hinged compartment feature. It opens properly and stays securely closed when snapped shut. The gold skull is in good condition, with both diamond eyes intact. The darkened patina is normal for sterling jewelry, but can be polished if a brighter silver look is desired.