Extremely Rare 18th Century Coral Ram Ring

Sale price Price $1,295.00 Regular price

The ram has always enjoyed favor as a potent symbol because of the animal's legendary strength and virility (and hence its creative powers), and its characteristics as a leader and protector of his flock. Boasting a bright coral body, symbolizing modesty, wisdom, and happiness. 

As a coral enthusiast and long-time jewelry lover, I have found myself drawn more and more toward cameo and carved jewelry. This particular ring, a phenomenal ram carving, has bewitched my curatorial senses. I love the color variation in the specimen, I love the marriage of this carving, which was perhaps once a stick pin or part of a larger piece, to this later 19th-century shank. Art Nouveau lilies curl up the sides, forming a true meeting of masculine and feminine design motifs to create a striking balance in this wearable sculpture.

 

Materials & Features: coral, 12-15ct

Age/Origin: 18th C, Late 19th C shank

Measurements: 2.4 grams, Size 9, 1.1" across finger top

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. 

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.