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Dating to 1800-1810, this Neoclassical intaglio ring is a wearable beauty, as well as a rare survival!
Measuring 17 mm tall x 12 mm wide across the bezel, this ring boasts a marvelous carnelian intaglio, and the detail is nothing short of fabulous! The image is that of the Roman empress Flavia Julia Titus (13 September 64 – 91). Julia Flavia was the only child to Emperor Titus from his second marriage to the well-connected Marcia Furnilla. Her parents divorced when Julia was an infant, due to her mother's family being connected to the opponents of Roman Emperor Nero.
Julia Flavia Titus is depicted as a woman in early middle age, her hair elaborately dressed in braids, cords and curls, and held in place with pins and pearls. She wears a chiton, as well as an abundance of jewelry, including double pearl drop earrings and a pearl necklace. She is carved in exquisite detail by a skilled lapidary, likely in Italy, where it's original owner purchased it and had it set into the custom ring you see here when she returned to England.
For such a comparatively small intaglio, this example is highly detailed and sharply rendered. It is set in a rubbed-over frame of 9k gold, and the bezel is of the swivel variety so popular during the first decade of the 19th century. The shank is a simple hoop of gold, and the bezel is still securely pin-set after over two centuries. Best of all, this jewel has survived over 210 years in near-pristine condition, with no damage to the gemstone or the setting!
This ring is a size 7, and should not be re-sized except by laser, for high heat could harm the intaglio. Suitable for wear by a lady or as a pinky ring by a gentleman, this ring has made it into the 21st-century in as fine a state of preservation as the most discerning collector could hope for. The ring weighs in at 2.51 grams. JUST SPECTACULAR!
Simply a museum-worthy example of a Neoclassical intaglio ring, this jewel epitomizes all that is so simple and special about the jewelry of the opening years of the 19th century. It would also make a stellar gift for any lady or gentleman fascinated with the history of either ancient Rome or Regency England, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this Imperial beauty; it is priced for quick sale, up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: carnelian, gold, Size: 7
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EXQUISITE Georgian Carnelian Intaglio of Empress Julia Flavia Titus in 9k Swivel Ring, c.1805!
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