Victorian Bird Talons Green Turquoise Ring in 10k Gold
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An early 20th century ring, set with a globe-like, green turquoise cabochon. This setting was made to resemble a bird's talons— the eight, claw-like prongs are slightly proud of the band and are detailed with fine hand engraving that resemble the scales on avian fingers. The gallery is detailed with fine, feathery dashes and swirls. This turquoise gem is a vibrant, variegated, fern-green color, with red-brown, webbed matrix. The ring shank tapers from the shoulder and has an interesting, slightly-anticlastic profile. This is a substantial setting that will suit both masculine and feminine sensibilities. Marked with the maker's cartouche. Metal is 10k rosy yellow gold.
The ball-and-claw motif is an old, originally Chinese, idea. The claw in this original object-relationship would have been a dragon’s claw, and it would have grasped a crystal ball. This crystal ball (sometimes a pearl, or other spherical gem) was meant to symbolize wisdom, or purity, and the claw held its gem tight, to keep it from being stolen by evil forces. An especially moving idea in times when the truth is constantly being obfuscated, and the insistence on goodness and wisdom seems to have taken on an important, almost mythic, character. The Victorians were fond of the ball-and-claw motif, and often their claws took the realistic form of a bird’s talon, or a lion’s paw.
Excellent. The gem appears to be original to the ring.
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Ring head measures approx 26 mm x 18.25 mm. Rise (off finger) is 16.2 mm. Ring shank tapers to 2.95 mm at the back. Crystal cluster measures 23.8 mm x 10.5 mm (about 1" long). Diamonds measure approx 2.25 mm (x3) & 3 mm (x1). Weight is 16.1 grams.
The maker's mark (a simple diamond-shaped cartouche with the letter G inside, flanked by two asterisk-like stars) closely resembles marks used in the Netherlands, but I have not been able to ID the maker.