An exceptionally rare Ming dynasty archers ring hand carved in natural rock crystal quartz.
These rings were a status symbol of the time and were worn by top ranking officials and royalty in China.
They were worn on the thumb of the right hand.
This ring is a one of a kind antique piece of museum quality.
It has been tested to be rock crystal by our gemologists here.
The ring has a cloud pattern which completely covered the outside edge. The inside is completely smooth.
On a ring gauge it will fit a size 12 3/4 to 12 7/8 US.
It is 19.4mm to 19.6mm wide across the whole band. The small variation is evidence of being completely carved by hand in this very hard material.
The ring is in excellent condition ready to gift or to wear.
A full appraisal accompanies this extraordinary ring.
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