Edwardian Garnet Intaglio "Hera" Swivel Ring
"I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty" - Homeric Hymn XII (Evelyn-White translation)
Super unusual neoclassical swivel ring with intaglio of the ancient Greek goddess Hera carved into a deep-red garnet slab. The head is able to spin around, meaning the intaglio can be worn either outward of hidden against the skin, or the whole thing can be worn on a chain as a pendant. It's crafted in 18ct gold with English hallmarks from the year 1907.
Hera was Queen of Olympus, and one of the most significant deities in the Greek pantheon. Daughter of the Titans Chronus and Rhea, her husband was Zeus and she represented marriage, women, kings and dynasties, as well as the skies and constellations.
Hera was both regal and majestic, the embodiment of royal duty, she is usually depicted wearing a diadem or marriage veil and in this case wearing an elaborate necklace. There is one more defining characteristic to know about Hera, to those that cross her jealously and vengeance know no bounds, as the numerous lovers and illegitimate offspring of Zeus would find out to their peril.
Era: Edwardian 1907
Ring size: 6 US or L 1/2 UK/AUS. Resizable for £35.
Head size: 16.9mm by 12.1mm
Stone: Garnet, variety almandine-pyrope
Hallmarks: English, Chester, 18ct Gold, 1907
Condition: Great antique condition. Light wear to the stone consisted with age
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