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Victorian Etruscan Revival Ring 1869

Victorian Etruscan Revival Ring 1869

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An absolutely stunning piece, this ring features bold colours and granulation-like beaded detailing along with delicate grooved band. The deep, rich garnets contrast with bright, sunny turquoise to wonderful effect, creating a versatile ring which will look just right with both a winter and summer wardrobe.

In the early to mid-1800s, archaeological excavations of Pompeii introduced the western world to the Etruscan tombs and intricate goldsmithing techniques yet unknown. The "exotic" looks captured the public's fascination and through the 1860s and 1870s in particular, jewellers tried to emulate the decorative styles, such as granulation (the application of fine beaded gold) and filigree (fine and intricate wirework), along with the use of stones popular in ancient jewellery, such as turquoise and carnelian. This ring is very much of the Etruscan revival style, as it was called, visible in the beaded detailing along the shield-shaped face, and the grooved band meant to resemble a cluster of wires forged together.

A beautiful piece of history, this ring has a little wear to it, including minor discolouration of turquoise, a thin band, and evidence of past resizing. We recommend a little extra care with closed back settings such as this, as water can settle behind the stones and cause unnecessary damage.

• 15k gold, with full British hallmarks for Birmingham 1869
• Size 7, can be resized within reason by a skilled jeweller (as the back is quite thin)
• Three turquoise cabochons and six rose cut garnets
• Face of ring measures 16mm wide by 18mm across; rise off finger is 2mm; band tapers from shoulders to a width of 1.7mm and thickness of 0.6mm
• 1.8g
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