Antique Diana Carved Moonstone Ring
The carving of moonstones became quite popular during the Victorian and Edwardian ages and especially around the fin de siècle. Rendered in the manner of a Georgian style ring, an exquisite blue moonstone of the finest quality has been carved in the likeness of Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt. Displaying ethereal radiance and strong glowing colors, any movement of the hand brings out flashes of radiance - a superb moonstone and carving - it truly shimmers with life.
She later was given the responsibility as the goddess of the moon so it is quite fitting that her image is displayed on a moonstone gem. Finely hand carved, the front head and shoulder representation exhibits delicate executions of the art. Cascades of hair frame her pensive face and her symbol of a half moon rests upon her head and ornaments as a tiara.
Befitting a goddess, a surround of twenty-seven (27) old mine cut diamonds (of an estimated total diamond weight of .35 carats) set within a yellow gold mount enclose the oval shaped gemstone. Both the image and the ring effect at the same time delicateness yet convey strength.
Note: The truest representation of the ring on a hand is the 1st photo - it simply come alive once it is worn!
Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) in length north to south on the hand 7/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) in width. Weight of 3.3 grams (2.1 dwt).
Ring Size: US 4-3/4 (UK I-3/4; Euro 15.5; 49 mm) and can be easily sized.
Ring sizing information.
Condition: Excellent; two diamonds possibly replaced; some light wear to the highest points of the carving if viewed with a loupe; one tiny natural inclusion in the center of her neck.
Date: Circa 1890
Note: All diamond weights are approximate as the stones have not been removed in order to preserve the integrity of the setting.