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Art in a Carved Amethyst Antique Ring


The carving of gems is an ancient tradition of two general types. Typically the image is an intaglio, i.e., the design in cut into a flat surface of the stone; or a cameo – a carving with a raised (positive) relief image.

This Edwardian example is particularly large for its genre and employs an oval faceted natural amethyst of an estimated 10.25 carats to display the venerable technique. Incised into the flat table or top is a delightfully charming rendition of a blooming flower and leaves inset with gold and four (4) tiny rose cut diamonds.

The image is organic and pastoral and lends itself to the translucent qualities of the medium purple gemstone. An ornate setting features a six element gallery which segues into prongs to secure the stone. Sculptural shoulders with sensuous curves gently transition to an unadorned shank.

Date: Circa 1920.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 3/8 of an inch (1.0 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 7.5 grams (4.8 dwt).

Ring Size: US 7-3/4 (UK P; Euro or Int. Circum. 56.3 mm; Int. Dia. 17.9 mm; Japan over 15) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: Most likely American.

Note: Gemstone weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. All gemstones and diamonds are tested in our gemological laboratory. All metals are acid tested.

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