Antique Carnelian Intaglio 14k Gold Signet Ring


14k Yellow Gold
17.6 grams
Diameter - 3/4"

An antique 14k gold signet ring, featuring carved carnelian intaglio design.
The latter portraits a Roman soldier’s profile wearing a plumage helmet. The carnelian is bezel
set which works well with the overall minimalistic, ascetic look of the ring. The only adornment
is a ribbed element on the shank. This antique ring is a great man’s ring or a unisex ring as well.

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    About Victorian Jewelry

    Victorian jewelry, dating from 1837 to 1901, takes its name from Queen Victoria, who reigned during this period. Her influence was pivotal in shaping the jewelry styles of the era, leaving a lasting impact on the designs and trends that emerged.

    To navigate in such a vast period, historians divide it into following parts:

    • The Early Victorian or Romantic 
    • The Middle of Grand Victorian 
    • The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Era 

    Different materials, gemstones and technics belong specifically to each section of the era. Some styles though remained in favor longer than during one period. For instance, hair jewelry made its way from Romantic through Grand period. Snake and animal motifs were also in demand throughout the era.

    Early Victorian jewelry

    As to the Queen influence, Romantic Period jewelry had well pronounced sentimental vibes. It was the time when young Queen Victoria was in love with her husband, Prince Albert. And the whole nation admired their relationship. Cameos, matching brooches, miniature portraits and lockets reflected the likeness of loved ones. After Albert’s passing in 1861, the Early Victorian Period ended, and The Grand era began.

    Grand Victorian jewelry

    After the incandescent bulb invention in 1870s, diamond jewelry started thriving like never before. Diamonds, being placed under the electric light, revealed their dazzling nature and looked truly fascinating. 

    Besides Victorian diamond jewelry, mourning jewelry massively gained its popularity, reflecting the Queen grieving state after Albert’s passing. 

    Opulence and larger scale prevailed in the Grand Victorian jewels style. It was the time of booming economy, and makers picked up the trend.

    Late Victorian 

    The Late Victorian jewelry makers stepped away from creating massive, heavy pieces. Women lifestyle changed towards independency. They got involved in new activities such as bicycling and tennis. To keep up with the new clientele’s needs, Late Victorian pieces were lighter and more wearable. Attached safety pins became very handy and this element is the era’s design feature.

    Tiffany & Co. introduced their first solitaire diamond engagement ring during the Late Victorian time. Etruscan and Egyptian revival, along with the Oriental motifs kept being popular. Another typical style for the period was a choker necklace. 

    The Aesthetic period and the whole Victorian era ended with the Queen Victoria’s passing in 1901.

    See our selection of the Victorian jewelry for sale here.

    About signet rings

    Signet rings are characterized by a unique design featuring an engraved or raised symbol on the flat surface of the ring. Historically, signet rings rather served practical purposes than were accessory. Wearers used signet rings as a seal to authenticate documents and letters. The unique image left by the engraved design served as a signature, ensuring the authenticity of the sender. The design is typically created in reverse, so that when pressed into sealing wax or another medium, it leaves a clear and identifiable impression.
    Signet rings come in various designs, but they commonly feature family crests, initials, or symbols that hold personal importance. The face of the ring can be round, oval, square, or rectangular, providing a canvas for engravings. The latter is often deep and detailed, showcasing craftsmanship and attention to detail.
    Signet rings are often passed down through generations. The symbols engraved on these rings may represent family heritage or convey personal beliefs. In some cases, signet rings are used to denote social status or affiliation with a particular group or organization.
    While the practical use of signet rings as seals has diminished with technological advancements, they keep their symbolic and aesthetic value. Many people wear signet rings as a form of self-expression, or a great accessory matching their style.