Victorian Carved Labradorite Ring
Labradorite was first found in 1770 on the Labrador Peninsula in Canada. Its popularity grew and was especially in vogue as a carved stone during the mid to later 19th century. The Victorians often used small specimens and carved them into tiny monkey heads, bird forms and animals mostly for use in stickpins or brooches. Rarely do we see larger examples using the stone let alone with a subject from classical antiquity as the focus.
A right profile of a Roman legionnaire replete with trooper helmet and armor is carved within a rectangular shaped labradorite gemstone and set in a sculptural ring of 14k rose gold. Blue in hue, the bright colorful play of light or flash known as “labradorescence” is apparent when the ring is shifted in different angles. A natural white vein runs diagonally on the left side of the carving adding to the depth and texture of the piece. In keeping with the classical theme, rose gold acanthus leaves ornament the shoulders of the ribbed shank.
Measurements: 15/16 of an inch (2.4 cm) in length by 11/16 of an inch (1.7 cm) in width and rises 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 11.2 grams (7.2 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6-3/4 (UK N; Int. Dia. 17.25; Euro 54 mm; Japan just over 13) and can be easily sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Condition: Very good; a bit of wear to stone edges and high points visible with a loupe or upon very close inspection; due to the deep coloration, these do not show when worn. Evidence of an old resizing when viewed with magnification.
Date: Circa 1880.
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