Victorian Hardstone Falcon Intaglio Ring
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A turn-of-the-century (20th) intaglio ring of rare quality, made in 18k yellow gold and featuring the most beautiful, finely-detailed, hardstone carving of a falcon. This romantic figure is hand carved into a rectangular sard slab (sard is an earthy-red variety of chalcedony). He is very dignified, with his breast thrust forward. The hook in his beak is crisp and clear, as are the tiny feathers of his wings. This rectangular gem is held securely in squared groups of prongs— pairs to the north and south, and trios to the east and west, where it joins the ring shank. The ring shank is weighty and it is decoratively pierced to give it the look of three bands. These bands appear to be bound together at the shoulder by twisted wire. This is a poetic and exquisitely made ring.
US 5 1/2. We do not recommend resizing this ring.
Ring face measures approx 21.625 x 13.5 mm; shank measures approx 5.3 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx 4.2 mm at the base; rise is low at approx 4.6 mm.