Intaglio Seal Ring French 18k Gold Large

In the ancient times of Greece and Rome, signet rings were likely the most valuable item a man would own. It was hidden away until needed to seal a letter or leave a signature. They were created in a world in which most people were illiterate, so using a symbol to identify authenticity made sense. They came to be a mark of nobility and status. At first, they were made in practical designs and as time went on, they grew more elaborate and a bit eccentric. Nowadays, a signet ring isn’t necessarily used for signing a family name in crimson wax, but instead it can claim fraternity – such as the Freemason’s, or for a university club or team.

A good signet ring is made by a craftsman who believes in quality, made by hand, with a coat of arms intricately engraved on the face, like this beautiful vintage French piece. They’re meant to be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom. A regal ring with a shield motif symbolizing strength, courage, and persistence, is a perfect example of excellent craftsmanship and style.

This fabulous vintage French intaglio gold ring was handcrafted around 1890. This ring is a size 11 and weighs a hefty 18.0 grams. It bears an intaglio with the image of a shield containing lions and stars, with a crown above. The ring face measures 15 x 18 x 2.1 mm off the finger with a band width of 6.3 mm. A French eagle’s head mark is found on the back. It has been acid tested.

This ring would look handsome on the finger of a gentlemen but it would also look quite fabulous hanging from your favorite gold chain and clasped around your neck!

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Item ID:RGA19080VA

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