Victorian Essex Crystal Fox Mask Ring
with Oak Leaves & Acorns in 14k Gold
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A rare and wonderful Victorian era ring, modeled in 14k yellow gold, whose gem is a hand-painted, reverse-carved, intaglio crystal, depicting the face of a red fox. This three-dimensional fox mask appears to float under a crystal dome, atop a luminous mother of pearl field— the art of reverse-carving creates the illusion of depth, so that the face of our beautiful animal looks different from every angle, as he would in life. This reverse-carved intaglio crystal is mounted in a heavy bezel, that nests inside the ring's impressive, figural mount. The body of the mount is composed of a carved-and-engraved, naturalistic arrangement of oak leaves, branches and acorns— these botanical, figural elements curve around and occasionally eclipse the crystal, cradling it in the most beautiful way! The mount's tree-branch elements blend-out at the shoulder to become a substantial, tapering shank.
This is a truly rare, sweet, and heartbreaking object! We stand firmly on the side of prey, and we love this ring as an amulet for someone who identifies with the swift and clever fox— first they have to catch you! Marked 585 for purity.
US 8 1/4
This ring can be resized (up to US 10, and down to US 6 1/4). Resizing for this ring is complimentary (just leave your desired size in the notes at checkout).
Ring face measures approx 20.85 x 20.15; shank measures approx 6.9 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx 3.75 mm at the base; rise is approx 6.5 mm.