Dating to c.1800 for the mercury-gilded ring and 100 AD for the Roman intaglio, this rare ring is a Turkish delight that comes right in time for your holiday shopping!
Wrought from bronze gilded with high-karat gold, this magnificent ring was made in Anatolia (modern day Turkey) at the opening of the 19th century, and represents 2000 years of history! This ring would have been made for a Turkish lady or gentleman of means c.1800, and is a beautiful example of a rarely-seen ring form! Measuring 5/8" x just a hair over 3/8" across the bezel, this ring is suitable for wear by either a lady or a gentleman today, and holds a stunning ancient Romano-Egyptian hard stone intaglio of a winged ibex!
The image is carved into the carnelian seal, and displays an ibex in full stride, or perhaps full flight, as this ibex has a pair of wings! This imagery shows Egyptian influence, as the ibex was worshipped by the Ptolomaic-era Egyptians. The intaglio is set into a cone-shaped bezel, and is 100% intact, without cracks or damage. During the last centuries of the Ottoman Empire, Roman-era gems were set into contemporary rings for high-standing members of society, and this example is as fine as any I have seen in my 25+ years as a collector, dealer and scholar of early jewelry!
The ring is a tour-de-force in itself; it boasts a polygonal bezel which stands 3/8" proud of the shoulders, and displays magnificent openwork casting as well as hand engraving. Best of all, this ring is in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for; it is in all-original, wearable condition, and retains approx. 90% of its original high-karat gilding! This ring is a size 6 1/4, and cannot be re-sized. Weighing in at 5.01 grams, it is a substantial jewel which brings together the history of Ottoman jewelers as well as the Roman glyptic arts! It makes a fabulous right-hand ring for a lady, or an impressive pinky ring for a gentleman!
If you cherish the best in Ottoman Empire or ancient Roman jewelry, this impressive ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a stellar holiday gift for anyone fond of the best in early jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. As with all of my ancient jewelry, this ring will be sold with a COA and valuation for your insurance records at no extra charge. Do not miss this rarity; up to 30-day layaway is available on this item, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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