Antique, 19th century gold ring with oval cut amethyst. Stone is 3/8" and surrounded by highly ornate cannetille work. The back is open, which is rare for these pieces. The gold is both 14k and 10k.
Cannetille is a relative of filigree and was inspired by embroidery in fashion. It was at its height of popularity from 1820-1830. Common motifs include tendrils, scrolls, coils, beehives and rosettes. This ring features a raised stone mounted in a crown shaped setting with a texture mimicking coil work, which is set inside a ring of tiny gold beading. This beading is connected to 12 gold balls encircled by tightly wound coils, surrounded by smaller gold beading. The outside edges of these are joined by tiny discs of stamped gold. Ring is unmarked.
Condition is good.
France, ca 1830
Size is approximately 5.5