Aphrodite at the Altar of Love Ring
18th-19th century jewelry is as complex in its symbolism, sentiment, and design as the fashion, architecture, and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token, or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the well-dressed lady’s costume but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.
Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, identified with Venus by the Romans. She was known primarily as a goddess of love and fertility and occasionally presided over marriage.
Engrisaille, en amour, there is nothing more romantic than a classical muse. Here we discover Aphrodite surrounded by marquesite, in 18k pink gold, circa 1810. Napoleonic, gorgeous, she holds 1/2 of a heart lifted from the podium before her.
Materials and Features: 18k pink gold
Age/Origin: Victorian, French, c. 1810
Measurements: Size 7, 6.4 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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