What an incredible beetle ring !! This gorgeous life like creature comes from the Imperial Russia and stuns with the amazing detail and the juiciest of juicy garnets !
He started life as superb quality Imperial Russian brooch, fully hallmarked with 56 for 14 carat gold, dating him as a pre-Russian Revolution piece. The brooch was also stamped with a city mark for St Petersburg for 1873-1898, allowing us to further narrow the date of it's creation. There is a maker's mark NK, who appears to be an unknown assay master. We had him expertly converted to this fabulous ring and used the bar he was sitting on to make his shank. Now his original hallmarks remain with him to identify his origin. The St Petersburg hallmarks, which were on the pin are no longer there.
His lovely body is set with a deep wine red, fantastic quality cabochon garnet and four natural pearls. He has eyes of round cabochon rubies. The reverse, aka his belly :) is just as beautifully made as the top, a testament to the fantastic quality of the workmanship bestowed on this beautiful creature. The ring is made of rosy yellow gold with the exception of the pearl set part, which is silver. The beetle himself measures 0.97 by 0.45 inches. The ring is US size 7 and UK O and is easily resizable. It is possible to keep the hallmarks when re-sizing him, please ask if you need this done. The ring weighs 4.4 grams. The condition of it as well as of all his gemstones is absolutely superb.
We love......all things Imperial Russian because they are so rare, so finely made and possess that unique spirit, the Russian soul...... This beetle is a fine example of the high skill and artistry of his Russian maker, of nature captured so lovingly in the old St Petersburg.
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Antique Imperial Russian 56 Zolotnik Garnet Pearl Ruby Beetle Ring
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