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antique Austro-Hungarian silver gilt Ring with carnelian, seed pearls and enamel

on Feb 5, 2020 in Rings/earrings, US/European

There is a distinctly Baroque air, I think, in antique Austro-Hungarian jewelry from around the turn of the 20th c. that I find very attractive. The silver gilt ring I am presenting here is intricately layered and pierced with floral and scroll motifs as well as beading and it houses a beautiful carnelian cabochon flanked by two seed pearls. Nestled in red enameled flowers, the pearls have a rich grayish luster that blends perfectly with the mellowed old vermeil. I will finish by drawing your attention to the decorative motifs where the shank meets the gallery and the ornamentation on the back of the setting…

 

Size/Weight: sz 7 US (easily resizable by your jeweler); face is 7/8 N-S and E-W; 11.1 grams

Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for metal content yet tested and guaranteed to be solid silver of at least .800 purity (which is the case with most Austro-Hungarian jewelry of this type); 1980s-1910s

Condition: excellent vintage with the gilding having aged gracefully, the enamel in the flowers flanking the stone still in great shape, elegantly ornate, with no damage and no repairs noted

 

Inv.#14691

 

Offered at $135.00

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