Dating to c.1850-1860, this classic armorial signet ring is a wonderfully-wearable Victorian jewel with noble provenance!
Measuring 14 mm x 10 mm across the intaglio-set bezel, this handsome ring is suitable enough for wear as a right-hand ring by a lady, or as a distinguished pinky ring by a gentleman! This unisex jewel boasts a fantastic black banded agate intaglio, made even more striking by the thin band of white against the black agate ground!
The gem is engraved with the armorial of a leopard facing right, his neck encircled by a five-lobed crown. This crown suggests that the original owner who commissioned this ring was of minor nobility, and would make for a fascinating research project for it's next curator! The intaglio is set in a rubbed-over, closed-backed mounting of 18k yellow gold, which has taken on a gorgeous "bloom" over the generations (gold content unmarked but tested). This is a ring design which will eternally be in style, and is a true, top-quality Victorian classic!
This ring is a size 5 1/8, and likely began it's 165-year-old life as a gentleman's pinky ring. It could easily be made larger by a good bench jeweler. However, it has been beautifully cared-for, and is in all-original, untouched condition, without damage or signs of wear to the intaglio or the setting! Moreover, this ring looks smashing on the hand; the antique gold feels like silk, and the intaglio has a highly desirable stone and subject! This is a substantial ring for it's size, weighing 5.37 grams.
If you collect the best in Victorian jewelry, this regal panther belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a thoughtful gift for anyone fond of fine antique intaglio rings, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this timeless ring; up to 45-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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