Timeless elegance in a ring from 145 years ago!
Once upon a time, elegance was a statement of quality, not size. Don't miss this fully hallmarked 1873 carved agate cameo ring. It is such a beauty that perhaps did not translate with our photos or description. And that triangulated wooden box? Well you will have to see and experience this one in person. You are going to love it. And what a great gift idea for Mom. After all, presentation is where it's at!
Reflecting the influences of French Impressionism on cameo carving from the late 1800's to 1920's, this carving style was reflected in both hardstone and shell cameos. This ring's superb condition is a celebration of wonderful life of over 140 years.
Set in a 9ct yellow gold mount, this navette shaped carving is a full body depiction of young hand maiden balancing a bowl upon her head. Her gown appears to be swirling in the breeze. The cameo is bezel set with a simple hand chased surround. This mount measures 17.25mm tall by 9mm wide (just under 3/4" by 3/8"). The shank is simple and is in its original size, 7 U.S., which is quite large for a woman's ring from 1873. There are British hallmarks for 9ct, Birmingham, 1873, all clearly visible. Also makers mark of "SH". The ring weighs 2.8 grams.
Gemstone and banded agate cameos are considered the original mediums of cameo carvers and the most difficult to carve. Much harder than shell and coral, and not uniformly colored like gemstones, the unique layered bands of the agate stone make their carving indeed a challenge. The dream like carving details are a reflection of the impressionist movement of the late 1800's that focused on the "essence" of its subject, rather than the exact details, sometimes likened to a glimpse from the corner of one's eye. Non-exact strokes captured the illusion of movement. Cameo carvers embraced this movement, using non-exact strokes to capture the illusion of movement.
After 145 years, this lovely ring is in excellent condition and ready to wear without worry. Both the black and white bands of the stone are crisp and without damage. The ring mount and shank are also in excellent condition. This ring can be sized up or down from its original size 7.
This charming antique cameo ring will be delivered in the pictured presentation box.
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