Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif
Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif

Victorian 14k 3.54 CT Carved Triple Tone Sardonyx Ring with Glyptic Celestial Motif

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General Information:

  • US Size: 4.75
  • Total Carat Weight: 3.54 ct
  • Precious Metal Weight: ~2.60 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: 12-14k patinaed yellow gold
  • Dimensions: Approx. 17.12 mm north to south (height) ring face; 13.17 mm east to west (width) ring face not including shoulders; shoulders taper from ~13.9 mm to 2.54 mm at the base of the shank
  • Weight: A nicely weighty 4.17 grams
  • Markings: None, though tests for 14k yellow gold shoulders and shank and about 12k yellow gold bezel.
  • Era: Given the setting style, the construction techniques of the mounting, the stone cut and proportions, this band is estimated to date to the late 20th-21st century. Though a more recent secondhand piece, we cannot ascertain a more precise date range beyond what our years of collecting, dealing, learning and refining our expertise enables us to determine without knowing an exact provenance of this band.
  • Buyer Notes: This ring is a rarity, as it is of similar make to cameos, but features an entirely different motif and story. Though very minimal in linework, the engraved agate tablet divulges a layered meaning that is nothing short of scriptural. It has been well loved throughout its life, and wears its age with pride.

Specifications:

  • Center Stone Type: Chalcedony-sardonyx (agate)
  • Center Stone Count: One (1)
  • Center Stone Dimensions: measured within mount so as to preserve integrity, 16.21 x 12.30 x 4.75 mm
  • Center Stone Carat Weight: by formula per the specific gravity of chalcedony-sardonyx, 3.54 ct
  • Center Stone Shape: Hand carved oval tablet
  • Center Stone Color: Banded from rusty red at the base, to translucent opaline whitish in the middle and orangey-apricot at the top
  • Center Stone Clarity: Translucent, though closed back

The Story:

A most intriguing jewel, this ring dates to the mid to late Victorian years, and features a hand carved sardonyx gemstone mounted within a bezel setting. This sardonyx is a kind of agate, nearly opaline in the translucency of the middle white layer which extends across the majority of the stone’s face. In striking contrast, the uppermost layer of the stone is vivid orangey-apricot, which the original artisan harnessed to carve the oval wreath that stands proudest on the surface. Likewise, the carved star design capitalizes on the rusty red substrate that exists lowest within the striations.

This design is simple yet bold, with a central 12-pointed star, each arm of the star slender and charmingly irregular, crowned by an elongated wheat grain oval wreath. Orbiting this central focal point are a series of eight other six-pointed stars, each one freely cross-hatch etched into the agate hardstone. These eight circling stars radiate the reddish base layer beneath, and are framed in suit with a matching ring of red that gives way to the bezel mounting. This mounting is further accentuated by a twisting gold halo, which adds a delicate dynamism to the ring.

This celestially-themed design conveys a deep and complex message: the central 12-pointed star is the North Star, a divine and infallible guidepost for fallible humankind, always leading to safety. It also represents the twelve disciples of Christ and the twelve tribes of Israel, both chosen as extensions of God’s hands and feet appointed to do his good works and share his grace. The wheat grain wreath has a multitude of meanings, as it was representative of love and charity in ancient times, fertility during the Renaissance, and was symbolic of offspring, wealth and the future inheritance in later centuries. In essence, this plaited form realizes divine abundance and prosperity. Dually, the oval wreath is a victorious crown around the chosen twelve. The eight subsidiary stars swell around the chosen 12-pointed star together symbolize new life and regeneration; the number 8 is a symbol of balance, signifying that the uncertainties of the present are balanced by the reliability of God’s eternal embrace.

The reverse of the ring reveals some mysteries about this mystic jewel, as the agate tablet is closed back. Yet, there are signs of possible repair or remounting, as some areas seem to show that the agate piece may have begun its life as a different accessory, perhaps a stick pin, brooch or or the like. Without knowing the exact provenance of the ring, this is only speculation, though the imperfect closed back is certainly captivating nonetheless. The shoulders of the ring are merged into the undulating bezel halo, and are articulated into a tripartite form, a split shank design that was a favorite of both the Georgians and Victorians. The back and the shank show wear commensurate with its 150+ year age and the corresponding decades’ worth of affectionate use. Though unrefined, this piece harbors loads of meaning that is unparalleled amongst similar antique jewelry, making this a wholly singular collector’s item.

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