The Napoleonic efforts and outcomes were far less successful on the war front and far more productive archeologically and historically.
The Rosetta Stone, hieroglyphics, and the glory of ancient Egypt's art, culture, and architecture blazed through Europe and the Western world.
Rare, large, and impressive, a variegated hardstone agate has been precisely carved into the likeness of Alexander the Great. His noble features are detailed to perfection. A victory wreath encircles his head as he faces left.
The use of natural variegations in the agate for lifelike modeling of his curled hair and facial features is evident.
Set into 15k rose gold, the agate is bezel set. Each shoulder displays a different hand-incised array of Egyptian motifs. From images of a sphinx, a bird likely a falcon, and seven other symbols are all impressed or worked out of the gold.
This late Georgian ring would look equally at home when worn by a man or woman.