Exemplary Antique Swiss Enamel Locket Ring
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.