Etruscan Revival Coral Ring
Beautiful antique solitaire ring in the Etruscan Revival style. Dating from the mid 19th century, it's set with a natural coral cabochon - a gorgeous salmon colour - and crafted in 15ct yellow gold with granulated details and fine applied ropework around the head and band.
The Etruscans occupied the region formerly known as Etruria on Italian peninsula (modern day Tuscany) before the rise of Rome; their civilisation, one of the most magnificent Europe has ever seen, reached its peak in the 6th century BC, and its legacy influenced many aspects of the Roman empire. Essentially a federation of city-states, they were, amongst myriad other things, master goldsmiths, and shared a common language that is generally accepted as pre-Indo-European (!!!). The 19th century excavation of Etruscan tombs uncovered gold jewellery the likes of which had never been seen, inspiring jewellers (notably Carlo Giuliano) to produce replicas of these ancient treasures in the archaeological revival style - often as commissions from European royalty. Designs incorporated such motifs as: fine granulation, filligree, ropework, cannetille, micromosaics, and inlays of stones like lapis, carnelian, banded agate, and malachite. There were two distinct schools: jewellers who sought to create facsimile replicas of ancient pieces, and jewellers who drew influence from ancient techniques to produce unique creations of their own design.
Era: Victorian, circa 1870
Head size: 12.4mm by 9.8mm
Ring size: O 1/2 or 7.5 US. Resizable for £35 (note sizing may interrupt the pattern on the band - get in touch to discuss)
Stone: Natural coral
Marks: None, tested as 15ct gold
Condition: Great antique condition, light wear consistent with age. One of the gold grains is missing - see images
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We offer detailed and accurate condition reports on each listing. These pieces are antique, vintage, or pre-loved, often over 100 years old so they're going to have lived a life. A healthy patina and the odd scuff/scrape are quite normal... it's part of their charm! Everything we present has been checked over by our jeweller and should be good for wear for many years to come (unless otherwise stated) but please remember to treat them with appropriate care and consideration for their age.
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