Victorian Era Lapis Lazuli Belt Buckle Ring in 18k Gold
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A weighty Victorian-era ring, made in 18k yellow gold and featuring an especially wonderful belt-and-buckle motif that both wraps the ring's bezel and functions as a split-shoulder shank. This figural belt is decorated with ornate tooling, and the buckles and notches you would expect to see on a leather belt are present here— the two buckles are positioned asymmetrically on either side of the bezel. This smooth bezel holds a vibrant, oval, lapis lazuli cabochon, whose figure includes a fine horizontal line of iron pyrite inclusions that read like a streak of stardust in the brilliant blue field of the gemstone. This ring is impressive and utterly unique— it would make a fine alternative engagement ring, or a signature piece, for either a man or woman. Marked 18ct, this ring is most likely English in origin.
c. 1880 - 1900
US 7 1/2. This ring can be re-sized; please contact us if you require custom sizing.
Ring face measures approx 20.2 mm x 16.25; shank measures approx 13 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx 3.1 mm at the base.
Buckles, belts, and garters, like snakes, symbolize eternity, fidelity, and loyalty.