1930s Ceylon Sapphire Stirrup Ring
Exceptional vintage gypsy ring set with a single, highly domed sapphire cabochon and featuring the words I'Y SUIS, I'Y RESTE engraved inside the band. It's crafted in 15ct yellow gold and the stone displays an excellent royal blue colour - certified Sri Lankan (Ceylon) with no heat treatment.
The words are French, translating as "here I am; here I stay," echoing the words of General MacMahon during the Siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War. MacMahon had led an assault by French troops against the Malakoff redoubt and captured the fortress. When urged to withdraw rather than be crushed by the Russian counter attack, he refused, replying ‘J’y suis, J’y reste’ - ‘Here I am, here I stay’. A line often quoted as an expression of defiance. His troops held the Malakoff and Sevastopol soon fell.
Era: Art Deco, circa 1930
Ring size: O or 7.25 US. Resizable for £35
Width at head: 7.5mm
Width of band: 4mm
Stone: Natural blue sapphire cabochon, no heat treatment, Sri Lanka origin (certified)
Marks: None, tested as 14/15ct gold
Condition: Great vintage condition with fine patina. The remnants of what appears to be turquoise enamel are present in some of the engraved letters
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