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Victorian Etruscan Revival Chrysoberyl Ring


During what's known as the "Grand Period" of the Victorian era - 1860-1885 - architectural discoveries around the world fueled a passion for ancient history. Long-lost civilizations were an unbearably romantic idea to many 19th century Westerners. The European jewelry market was ready for a period of ancient revival styles: Greek, Egyptian, Etruscan. This last one is what we're looking at here. The Etruscan civilization flourished in central Italy between the 8th and 3rd century BCE. Before much of its culture was either obliterated or assimilated into that of its conqueror, Rome, they produced some OUTSTANDING jewelry that looked sort of like this. Victorian jewelers actually struggled to understand how the Etruscans had produced such fine granulation and wirework and spent lots of time trying to reverse-engineer the process, with varying results. Here, Etruscan-style filigree surrounds a watery chrysoberyl. c. 1870.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 7.7mm x 5.5mm chrysoberyl

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Very good - some scuffs to one side of the shank (probably because it was worn on a finger next to another ring)

  • Size

    6.25, can be resized; 1.38mm x 1.12cm head, 2.8mm shank





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.