Antique Victorian Carnelian Carved Intaglio Ring in 12k Gold

People are so clever, and I see so many conversions these days, brooches to necklaces, stick pins to rings. While I’ve always though about doing this, we’re not quite there yet. Soon we’ll put a laser in the shop and do some of this ourselves, in the mean time I’ll just keep buying other people’s conversions, like this fantastic intaglio seal that’s been converted into a stunning and eye-catching large ring. 

This wonderful hand crafted intaglio seal features a scene of a little cherub driving a chariot pulled by a lion and a horned creature, maybe a yak or a goat? I’m not certain of the symbolic significance of this scene, but I’m thinking that there is most certainly a story here! The scene is carved into carnelian and set into a 12 karat gold mount, I strong suspect that the shoulders of this ring were crafted from the bale of the original fob. The ring is not marked but has been acid tested to verify the gold content. The face of this ring measure 27.5 mm from east to west and 21.2 mm from north to south and sits 6.1 mm off the finger, it’s very comfortable on. It weighs 8.6 grams. This ring is a size 6.75 US and could be re-sized to suit. 

This fob was probably made in England, which is where I purchased this ring. The intaglio dates to about 1840, it was probably made into a ring within the past decade or two, but it’s hard to know, people have been converting jewelry as long as jewelry has been around! 

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