Some examples seen in the last photo - thanks for stopping by! Unique and interesting sardonyx intaglio ring with an image of a little forget me not flower carved into the layered onyx stone. The ring face is surrounded by 8 creamy iridescent pearls.
The stone is banded / layered so when you view the stone from the side you can see the white top and black bottom. It may have been a mourning piece or a romantic gesture with the forget me not motif. Antique piece from the 1800s that I acquired in Europe. I think it may be English in origin.
The ring was re-shanked at some point during its long life. As the delicate shanks often wore thin over years and years and had to be fortified.
So the original top half and ring face was applied onto a newer but still antique gold band that is beautifully etched / engraved almost all the way around. Because the piece was reshanked, the ring face is 18k, the shank is 14k, and it looks like one of the swirls on one shoulder was also recreated to match and that one portion is a lower carat gold. None of this information is really visible when wearing the ring, it presents beautifully, whole and complete. Antique box is not included.
Currently measures a size 8, the layered hard stone measures 6 by 4.5mm. It weighs 2.85 grams. All my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. As mentioned in detail above it was reshanked and the gold is varying carat purity.
Under magnification you can see some darker solder material in the recesses of the swirling shoulders where the original ring was fixed onto the new shank. It appears almost like patina as it is a very thin line and is done tidily with no big or bumpy spots. Some all over wear but still very legible. Varying patina to the antique pearls but still have a nice lustre and iridescence and the carved flower design is still very legible.
Sweet piece from a very special era. But due to age of over 150 years and possibly older, please note this is not a mint condition item.
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