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Victorian "Life and Fertility" Mermaid Intaglio Signet Ring

$5,000.00

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Victorian "Life and Fertility" Mermaid Intaglio Signet Ring

$5,000.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1870

A cool and unusual antique signet ring, set with a hand-carved carnelian panel. The intaglio depicts a mermaid, with long flowing hair and gorgeously detailed tail.... the detail is fantastic, and next to it are the words "Vita et Fertilitas", translating to "Life and Fertility"It's modelled in 18k yellow gold, with English hallmarks for Birmingham, 1870. The panel itself, a new addition carved in the traditional style. 

A mermaid is a mythical sea creature, often described as having the head and body of a woman and a fish's tail below the waist. Stories of mermaids have existed for thousands of years and and are known in cultures across the world. With such a large history, the symbol of the mermaid is as changeable as the sea itself. In some cultures, the mermaid signifies life and fertility within the ocean, with it's endless power. 

STONES 

Carnelian Agate 

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 1.5 x 1.2cm

Width of band: 2.7mm

Rise off finger: 3.9mm

WEIGHT 

7.4g

MARKS 

English hallmarks for 18k gold, Birmingham 1870

CONDITION 

Excellent 

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