Victorian Era Benediction Hand Bloodstone Intaglio Signet Ring in 18k Gold
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A striking and unusual, Victorian era signet ring, modeled in 18k yellow gold, whose bloodstone intaglio seal is carved with a hand, making a gesture of benediction. In this highly-detailed, miniature carving, the three extended fingers are intended to represent the holy trinity— this hand gesture is still used by priests, when blessing the sacrament, or when blessing a congregation. This ring is the classic "signet shape," with an oval face and a smooth, tapering profile. Its bloodstone gem, which is deep green and spattered with the bright red flecks that give the stone its common name, is held in a low profile bezel. We love the rich yellow color of the 18k gold, paired with the deep, earthy green of the bloodstone . . . and the rich symbolic gesture of giving a blessing! This ring is hallmarked for London and for the year 1861. It is well-suited to all genders.
The gesture of benediction is especially poignant, paired with bloodstone as, according to a Christian legend, the red flecks are the blood of Christ that fell onto green jasper, on the day of his crucifixion.
US 7 1/2
This ring can be resized (up to a US 9, and down to a US 5 1/2); to add resizing to your order, visit our services section.
Ring face measures approx 13 x 12 mm; shank measures approx 7 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx 3.1 mm at the base.