Fantastic Large Carnelian Intaglio Signet Ring Edwardian Gold "Win or Die"

I hadn’t been much of a fantasy reader growing up. Outside of Lord of the Rings and Narnia I didn’t know much about the genre, but I wanted to branch out. I asked a friend who loved fantasy to recommend some books for me. For my birthday I received a stack of books by Robert Jordan and Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin. I never did quite make it all the way through the ‘Wheel of Time’, but ‘Game of Thrones’ had me at hello.

I couldn’t really help but to think of the iconic line by the Queen of Westerns, Cersei Lannister; when she said of those who would attempt to usurp her, ‘when you play the Game of Thrones, you win, or you die.’. When I louped this ring to look at the carving, I gasped just a little. I saw that it said ’Vincere Aut Mori’, which is Latin for ‘Win or Die’. Inside the ring of words it shows an armoured arm holding a dagger. A ring fit for a man who would be King.

This hand crafted ring was made in Birmingham, England in 1902 of 9 karat gold. It is set with a smooth oval of rich orange carnelian. The face of this ring measures 20.1 mm from top to bottom and 15.1 mm across, it sits 4.9 mm off the finger and narrows to 2.9 mm at the back of the band. The ring is fully hallmarked with the Anchor of Birmingham, the letter code ‘C’, a makers mark of ‘KBSP’ and ‘9’ and ‘.375’ for 9 karat gold. This size 10.5 ring is a large scale ring, it weighs 6.7 grams.

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