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Victorian Venus & Mars Onyx Cameo Signet Ring

$3,850.00

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Victorian Venus & Mars Onyx Cameo Signet Ring

$3,850.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1890

Love & War. A substantial antique signet ring set with an onyx cameo depicting Venus and Mars, both in profile facing to the right, the former rendered in white with Mars in black. The union between Mars and Venus was of particular importance to the Romans, who viewed them as a complementary pair (whilst conveniently ignoring the adulterous implications of their relationship). The uniting of deities representing Love and War bears potent connotations - especially given they were the parents of Concordia, who embodied agreement in marriage and society - which were explored extensively in both ancient Roman and Renaissance art.

The ring is crafted in 18 karat gold, with French control marks, and dates from the late 19th century, circa 1890.

STONES 

Onyx

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 1.8 x 1.3cm

Width of band: 5.2mm

WEIGHT

16.3g

MARKS 

French hallmarks for 18k gold

CONDITION 

Very good, some light wear commensurate with age

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