Victorian 14kt Banded Agate "One Heart, Different Ways" Intaglio Ring
A signet ring was traditionally used to seal the wax of a letter or note. The signet surface can be represented by a either smooth or engraved seal, or in some cases with an intaglio. The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving into the surface of a stone.
A handsome intaglio ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful ring is made of 14kt yellow gold, and features a banded agate signet at its center. The carved intaglio image has a 5 sided star in the middle, and the Latin phrase "COR UNUM VIAE DIVERSAE" travels along the outer edge, which translates to the motto "One Heart, Different Ways." A romantic angelic design can be found on either shoulder of the gold band, which is beautifully sculpted in raised detail. The banded agate stone is black along the topmost surface, and when carved into, it reveals a creamy white layer beneath, creating a lovely and dramatic contrast. This fabulous ring would make a beautiful addition to any collection, and could be worn by a woman or man!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 7.25, but could easily be resized. The intaglio measures a little less than 1/2" wide and 5/8" tall. The band measures 4mm wide at the back.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold mounting, and only minimal surface wear to the agate stone, which is not unusual for a Victorian era intaglio.