Victorian Kiwi Intaglio Ring
Charming Victorian signet ring with an intaglio carved pounamu panel, intaglio carved to depict a kiwi (the bird, not the fruit). It's built in 18ct gold, likely made in New Zealand during the latter half of the 19th century, circa 1890, when jewellery made from gold and pounamu was particularly fashionable on the islands.
Pounamu (aka greenstone) is nephrite, a variety of jade that has played an important part in Maori culture for thousands of years, fashioned as both tools and amulets. As a taonga (treasure, or treasured possession), the stone is said to increase its mana (spiritual power or prestige) each time it's passed down a generation.
Era: Victorian circa 1890
Ring size: 5.25 US or J 1/2 UK/AUS. Resizable for £35.
Head size: 15.7mm by 11.3mm
Stone: Pounamu (nephrite jade)
Marks: None, tested as 18ct gold
Condition: Great antique condition, some wear to the bezel but the stone remains secure.
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