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Gold Ring Featuring a Classical Revival Hematite Intaglio Depicting a Roman Empress - FJ.5255
Origin: Europe
Circa: 1700 AD to 1900 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Hematite and Gold

Location: United States
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This genunine antique Classical Revival hematite seal has been mounted in a modern 18 karat gold ring.

Gem engraving is a miniaturistic art form whereby designs are cut into or on the surface of a gem. Intaglios, gemstones with an incised design below the surface of the gem, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. In Mesopotamia and the Aegean. However, it was in ancient Greece and Rome that the expressive and aesthetic language of gem engraving was truly born. The classic artisans carried engraving to an artistic level higher than ever seen before, borrowing their diverse themes from epic poetry and famous legends of gods and heroes.

In this stunning hematite intaglio, created during the later classical revival period, we see exceptional beauty and artistry in the depiction of the bust of a roman empress, complete with a diadem and elaborate hairdo. Upon closer examination of the empress' hairstyle, we notice that a portion of hair is imaginatively formed into the beautiful image of a swan's neck and head. The bird's graceful neck curves softly upward, joining the delicate head and beak which rest atop the head of the empress. The skill and imagination that is revealed in this stunning hematite intaglio is truly a testament to a grand tradition that dates back thousands of years. The wearer of this exquisite intaglio, mounted in its radiant gold ring setting, will most certainly experience a spirited connectedness with that ancient tradition, and a feeling of regal beauty that equals the intrinsic beauty of this extraordinary work of art.
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