This magnificent antique ring in excellent condition and well preserved comes from a long distant time, from tumultuous times, those of the French Revolution…
In long oval shape, the ring is depicting a standing woman in ancient Roman colorful dress hand painted on porcelain surrounded by 20 seed pearls. The sides of the 18 high Carat yellow gold band is fine and elaborated. There are no trace of hallmarks, which is not uncommon for pieces of jewelry made around the French Revolution.
Circa 1800, this romantic ring is in authentic Empire style, a style that borrowed style specifics from the ancient Greeks and the Roman empire (hence the name of the style: Empire). The empire period represents the second part of the Neo-Classical style, and shows a strong French influence. The style originated in the desire of Napoleon to revive the luxurious majesty of imperial Rome. Traditional classical motifs, already seen in the reign of Louis XVI, were supplemented by symbols of imperial grandeur- the emperor’s monogram and his emblem, the bee; representations of military trophies; and after the successful campaigns in Egypt, Egyptian motifs. If we had to characterize this style briefly, we could focus on two elementary concepts: massiveness and symmetry.
The length of the top of the ring is 21.5 mm (0.85 inch) and weighs 2.20 grams. The finger USA size is 8 and we can resize it for free. Delivered with its authenticity certificate.