Dating to c.1880 for the massive silver gilt ring and 1100 AD for the eye agate cabochon, this ring brings together nearly a millennium of jewelry history!
Measuring 3/4" x 1/2" across the bezel, this magnificent ring was made in Egypt, and is wrought from sterling-grade silver which has been fire-gilded with high-karat (18k) gold (all metals unmarked but tested). During the 19th century, rings such as this were produced in Egypt as souvenirs for the wealthy taking the Grand Tour, and were set with ancient or early gemstones. This ring would have originally been made for a gentleman, but is suitable for wear by either a lady or a gent today!
This example boasts an Ottoman Empire eye agate which dates to c.1100 AD. Throughout history, eye agates were considered to act as protection against the "evil eye," and this banded agate displays a wonderful surface as well as a rich, brown "eye" encircled by a band of white! JUST CUNNING!
The eye agate measures 14mm x 10mm, and is mounted in a rubbed-over, closed-back collet. The patina on this stone is satin-like, and shows wear consistent with its 900-year-old history. Best of all, is completely intact, without cracks or damage! The ring mounting features spiral motifs on the top, bottom and shoulders. It is a size 8 1/2, but the rear of the shank would allow for easy re-sizing by a good lapidary for little cost. Weighing in at a stupendous 10.15 grams, this signet-like ring is certain to get noticed, and is also very comfortable on the hand. It retains 90% of its high-karat fire gilding after 135 years of careful wear, and what a history!
If you love the best in antique Grand Tour jewelry, this ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for any lady or gentleman fascinated with early eye agate jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this opportunity to acquire a beauty of an example; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for fast sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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