An outstanding antique Victorian Etruscan Revival ring meticulously hand crafted in 14k yellow gold.
Three beautiful faceted amethysts are bezel set on a filigree base that is elaborately embellished with fine twisted wire and tiny gold granulated beads.
The sides of the shank have small filigree flowers, graduated beads and fine twisted wire in the back of the shank.
The ring is in excellent condition, no damage and slight wear to the twisted wire on the shank noticeable under magnification.
The patina is beautiful, the ring has not been cleaned or polished.
Size 6.25, the front table measures 13/16" by 3/8", the amethysts are 6mm and 4mm.
Unmarked, it tested 14k with acid, total weight is 4 grams.
Absolutely stunning, a rare and beautiful find.
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*Many believe that the Etruscan goldsmiths learned the basic technique of granulation from the Phoenicians, but all agree that the Etruscans took this technique to new heights of excellence and delicacy through extreme miniaturization. Granulation refers to the side by side application of tiny beads of gold. Twisted, or "corded" gold wire work was also applied to jewels in the Etruscan style. To this day, modern jewelers have been unable to duplicate the skill and precision of these ancient craftsmen.