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Antique 17-18C Ring Intaglio cameo Garnet Diamonds 18k Gold French Unisex (7179)

Antique 17-18C Ring Intaglio cameo Garnet Diamonds 18k Gold French Unisex (7179)

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Antique pre Georgian Bourbon era ring. 18k gold, intaglio carved garnet cameo and diamonds. Made in France early 18th or 17th century (1600's to early 1700's). Unisex - can be worn by a man or a woman. Measurements: Weight is 2.0 grams. Approximately US size 6.25 - 6.5. Description : Small ring as versatile and wearable today as it was about 400 years ago. The bezel is an octagon of square proportions set with a deep red garnet, beautifully intaglio carved. The ring must have been owned by Royalty as it depicts crossing stems of fine foliage under a crown. An early signet ring - Since ancient times, intaglio carved rings were used as signatures - the carving was the equivalent of today's signature when pushed into wax or clay, leaving the impression of the wearer's house. They were therefore, strong symbols of power - whoever wore the ring, had the power. Rose cut diamonds are held on the shoulders by gold 'lobster' claws that scroll down the sides of the ring and twine with more golden foliage. The rest of the shank is simple, gold, unadorned as was usually the custom at the time. This ring could come from the portrait painting of many a European noble person, but it is as wearable and timeless today as it was back then. The ring can be worn by a man or a woman. A ring with a similar intaglio cut bezel, in cornelian, is shown on page 43 of Diana Scarisbrick's book on Rings and is dated 17th century. Yet another, even more similar ring, with a carved garnet, including a crown is shown page189 and described as the ring of Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden 1594-1632. Marks and Metal: As is to be expected in a ring of this age, there are no marks. Gold was electronically tested to ensure metal purity. Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age. You can see in the 'photos that is 'softening' of edges after about 400 years of use. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
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