Antique Enamel Ring with Greek Key Motif
Echoing the style of an earlier period memorial band, this Victorian 14k yellow gold ring is ornamented in rich black enamel. Emblazoned across the surface is the Greek key motif. This ancient symbol is believed to be one of the most significant for the ancient Grecians. The yellow gold rectilinear forms, which are arranged in a continuous band, represent the bonds of love, devotion and friendship. The ring is fabricated in a buckle configuration. Traditionally this motif has been used in jewelry given as a token of love or friendship. No doubt that this piece was intended to represent love. Quite stunning with the three-dimensional effect heightened with the chased borders.
Condition: Very good to excellent; two minute nicks to enamel at the back.
Measurements: 5/16 of an inch (0.7 cm) north to south on the finger and rises 1/8 of an inch (0.3 cm) off the finger. This antique ring has a weight of 2.9 grams (1.9 dwt).
Size: US 9 (UK R-1/4; Euro 18-7/8, 59.6 mm). This ring cannot be sized by standard methods. However, it may be able to be sized with inserts or similar means. Please contact us for more information.
Date: Circa 1870