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Victorian“ED” Bloodstone and CarnelianSwivel Locket Ring

This dynamic Victorian ring is modeled in the shape of a signet ring with a swivel head and beautifully detailed shoulders. One side is set with a bloodstone slab with intaglio initials “ED,” the other side is set with carnelian. The head of the ring also happens to be a locket and opens to reveal plaited hairwork under glass.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), bloodstone, carnelian, plaited hair under glass

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition


  • Size

    10, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 1.3 x 1cm head, 2.9mm hoop

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