Renaissance Revival in a Lapis Ring
The gemstone lapis lazuli is reminiscent of a star lit sky with the heavens an intense cobalt blue lightly dusted throughout with a constellation of gold flecks of pyrite. Originally designed for a man, a modified rectangle with curved corners and an incline angle to the perimeter is set within a 14k yellow gold mount. The setting is superb with winged caryatids or atlantes** of gold “supporting” an altar-like entablature embracing the lapis. A fluid decoration ornaments the sides as a frieze in a classical edifice. The wings of the figures create open shoulders with their tips appearing as appliqués. For the shank the two bodies combine and segue into serpent-like forms. Suitable for the hand of a woman or a man.
Date: Circa 1900.
**Caryatids are female figures used as pillars or supports; atlantes are their male counterpart.
Measurements: 11/16 of an inch (1.8 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 3/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 9.4 grams (6.1 dwt).
Ring Size: US 8 (UK P-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 56.9 mm; Int. Dia. 18.1 mm; Japan 16) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Condition: Excellent; evidence of previous resizing visible at back with the pattern slightly different and a touch of silver solder showing in some lights.
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