One of the rarest specimen rings we have ever had the pleasure of bringing into the Curio, this outstanding Hellenistic Period honey jasper intaglio depicts Eros at the altar, accepting a flaming offering. Identified by his large wings and draped covering, this beautiful and rare example is carved in opaque honey jasper. We have never handled a honey jasper specimen before; what sets this stone apart, besides the dulcet ochre color, is the rich, oily luster that allows the ancient carving a decadent, highlighted glow. Set in an early 20th century mounting which is American hallmarked for 14ct, the attention paid to the fabrication of the classic mounting is superb. This exquisite ring will be a landmark addition to any collection.
Materials and Features:
14ct gold, honey jasper
Stone from 1st century, mounting from 19th-20th century, American
Weight: 4.02 grams
Dimensions: 12mm x 9mm ring face
Ring size: 6.5 US
Condition: The intaglio does have an imperfection to the upper left, but such is to be expected with a piece that is a millennia in age. Minor associated age wear.
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14ct Honey Jasper Eros Intaglio Flip Ring c. 1st Century