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Victorian Lion Passant Signet Ring


Over the course of the 19th century, the signet ring evolved from a functional piece of jewelry - a family crest used to seal letters with wax - to a less formal piece of jewelry designed for everyday wear. This circa 1880 signet ring has a shield-shaped bloodstone face with an intaglio lion passant. Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, was believed by the Victorians to protect against the evil eye and imbue with wearer with strength and courage.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), bloodstone

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - visible marks on the shank from a previous resizing

  • Size

    3.25, can be slightly resized; 1.14cm head, 2.2mm 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.