Early 19th Century White Agate Intaglio in 12k
Historically, intaglios were carved from hard stones for use as wax seals. Prominent individuals in the Roman Empire had their own unique intaglios, carved in amethyst, agate, garnet, jasper, and cornelian, which served to identify and authenticate the letters they sent. The difficulty associated with carving hard gemstones made owning an intaglio, especially in the form of a signet ring, a mark of status. Finely carved intaglios were deemed the most desirable, not just because of the artistry involved, but because of how difficult this made the resulting wax seal to forge.
The white color of Agate gemstone is associated with peace, calmness, purity, and protection. This intaglio is detailed with the intaglio depicting a soldier at rest and its color is perfectly sheer, adapting beautifully to any complexion. This is a classic addition to any collection.
Materials & Features: 12k gold, white agate
Age/Origin: Early 19th C
Measurements: Size 7, 6 grams
Condition: Excellent condition.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.