I am back from my UK buying trip, and have brought back a treasury of early, investment-quality jewels for the consideration of my holiday-shopping Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.100 BCE for the gemstone and c.1980 for the ancient-inspired 18k setting, this beautiful Italian ring boasts a 2100-year-old intaglio, and is suitable for wear by a lady or as an impressive pinky ring for a gentleman! Measuring 3/4" x 5/8" across the bezel, this ring features a late Republican Roman banded agate intaglio incised with the bust of a Centurion facing left! This stunning gemstone measures 11 mm x 9 mm x 3 mm tall, and the image is cunningly cut away from one of the brown layers of the stone, giving it a silhouetted appearance!
This gemstone is mounted into a modern (late-20th century) setting which is both beautifully-wrought and very substantial! The ring is crafted in 18k yellow gold (Italian marks and "850" hallmark; tested), and, following the style of ancient Roman gold work, the intaglio is cased in a closed-backed gold frame, with the 7 mm wide shank boasting bead work, rope work, and the matte finish used in antiquity! The result is one magnificently-wearable ring!
This ring is a size 6 3/4, and should not be sized, as to do so would interrupt the intricacy of the shank. Weighing in at a very substantial 11.24 grams of 18k gold, this jewel is solid, sturdy, and heirloom worthy; the ancient Roman intaglio is also perfect, without chips or damage! Needless to say, this ring really lights up on the hand, and is suitable for daily wear! JUST FABULOUS!
If you collect the finest in ancient intaglios or historic jewelry, this example belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a thrilling holiday gift for anyone fascinated with the ancient glyptic arts, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this magnificent, one-of-a-kind jewel; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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