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Exemplary Antique Swiss Enamel Locket Ring

Item 11361

Superb enamellists, the Swiss took this art form to its highest level. Colors were made using powdered glass pigments which were then fired onto a metal base, often copper or gold. Multiple firings were required for each successive color. The Swiss make it look effortless when in reality it was a most painstaking and meticulous process.

This fantastic example of Swiss enameling is in the rare form of a ring. A true collector’s piece, it is not only a finger ring but also a locket. This vivid enamel painting is of a rich yellow daffodil, pinkish-red rose and blue morning glory replete with green leaves upon a vibrant red background.

The rendering bring with it the freshness of a bright spring day. The locket compartment lies within the frame of black enamel upon gold that rests upon a scroll design undercarriage and accented with four natural half pearls. The shoulders and entire shank are ornamented with white and gold enamel fleur-de-lys motif upon black enamel scrolls.

Condition: Excellent; minute amount of wear to the enamel and a tad bit of patina.

Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (1.8 cm) at the widest and at the back 5/16 of an inch (0.7 cm). This antique ring has a weight of 5.2 grams (3.3 dwt). Currently a size US 8-3/4 or a bit more (UK R; Euro 18-3/4, 59.5 mm). We recommend that this ring not be sized.

Date & Origin: Circa 1830 – 1840 and is Continental in origin.

Note: This ring is not suitable for wear everyday as enamel is somewhat fragile. It would be best to wear for special occasions.