Egyptian Revival Faience Scarab Ring

$795.00
About Details History
The Western world became fascinated with ancient Egyptian culture during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, 1798-1801. By the late 1800's, archaeological finds - sarcophagi, mummies, hieroglyphics - were making news all over Europe, and Egyptian design motifs made their way into Western art, fashion, and architecture. Ancient faience scarab beads were unearthed en masse from tombs, and some of these pieces were then set into contemporary gold mountings and sold to Egyptophiles the world over. The demand for these talismanic beads outstripped the supply and new scarab beads were sometimes carved in the style of the antiquities to satisfy the masses. This ring dates to around 1900 - the scarab may be ancient or it may have been carved in the late 19th century. The minimal 14k gold mounting features a plain oval bezel and decorative nodes at the shoulders. 

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, faience
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 3.75, can be resized for a additional fee of $90; 5mm hoop, 1.47cm head
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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About Details History
The Western world became fascinated with ancient Egyptian culture during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, 1798-1801. By the late 1800's, archaeological finds - sarcophagi, mummies, hieroglyphics - were making news all over Europe, and Egyptian design motifs made their way into Western art, fashion, and architecture. Ancient faience scarab beads were unearthed en masse from tombs, and some of these pieces were then set into contemporary gold mountings and sold to Egyptophiles the world over. The demand for these talismanic beads outstripped the supply and new scarab beads were sometimes carved in the style of the antiquities to satisfy the masses. This ring dates to around 1900 - the scarab may be ancient or it may have been carved in the late 19th century. The minimal 14k gold mounting features a plain oval bezel and decorative nodes at the shoulders. 

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, faience
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 3.75, can be resized for a additional fee of $90; 5mm hoop, 1.47cm head
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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more
EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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