This beautiful amethyst has lived many lifetimes. and we believe this to be the second or third incarnation of jewelry that this intaglio has been featured in. The stone is a remarkably large scale intaglio carving, and the figures are easily identifiable as Hera and Zeus, for Hera sports her golden bandeau tiara, and Zeus, his meticulously rendered curling locks and veril beard. Perhaps a commemorative marriage piece or simply a historical curiosity, we believe this was crafted as a gentleman’s piece and was likely used to seal correspondences. This ring is a remarkable collector’s item with an exciting history.
Materials and Features:
Amethyst, 18ct gold
Italian, vintage shank with 19th century amethyst
“K.18”, vintage Italian hallmarks on interior setting c. 1960
Weight: 11.29 grams
Dimensions: 20mm x 15mm ring face
Ring size: 7.0 US
Condition: Excellent. Minor associated age wear.
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18ct Zeus and Hera Amethyst Intaglio Ring