Garnet and 12k Picture Ring
Victorian 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.
Introducing a delightful little garnet-set “barrel ring” that contains a delightful surprise! A microlens resides within the ring, hiding a picture of a delightful cathedral. This technology was prevalent in the 19th century on very rare ocaisions to save visions of home, beloved works of art, architecture or… well yes, you guessed it, to stash pornography. While this version is not of the naughty inclination, it is a clandestine treasure, none the less!
Materials and Features: 12k gold, garnet, hybrid glass lens
Age/Origin: Victorian, English, c. 1860
Measurements: Size 5.5, 1.3 grams
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.