We recently purchased this wonderful hand carved carnelian intaglio ring set in 18K yellow gold which is made from a converted watch fob and attached to a 10K gold (tested) shank with decorative silver scrolls attached to the shoulders of the shank. It weighs 9.3 grams or 6 dwt. This ring is a size 8 and could be worn by either a man or a woman. The carnelian intaglio alone measures 7/8" by 3/4" and including the 18K gold rim of the mounting it measures 15/16" by 13/16". The intaglio has two areas of hand carving with the smaller one featuring a standing bird which looks like a falcon against a speckled ground in an oval shape. The larger horizontal oval carved area features the original owner's initials which appear to us to be "RWD" when read from right to left—remember that this intaglio was intended to be used to make an impression in sealing wax so the monogram is essentially carved in reverse to make it correct when used. The intaglio is in very good condition with only one very fine scratch on it which you really have to look to see with the naked eye. The monogram is carved against a finely horizontally striped ground within a beaded rim. The gold mounting with its silver accent scrolls is classical in style which is consistent with its being made in the late 18th century – think American Revolution and early Federal style period when imitating classical design was the height of fashion. There are no hallmarks or maker's marks on the ring, but all the metals have been acid tested. The carving quality of the carnelian is quite fine with excellent background detail also indicating the 1770-1815 period. Rings like this one are rarities these days both for their quality and age and make a wonderful statement piece.
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