Rare Early 19th C Flip Ring of Minerva
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.
Minerva was a gracious winner in war, who had sympathy for those her armies beat. After Athena began to influence Minerva, her symbol became the owl, which today continues to represent wisdom.
A classic Charles X example circa 1825, this gorgeous Post-Napoleonic ring is Engrissaille, as the best were, with a fluted shank and the night sky rendered in stars on the reverse. We are honored to bring her to you.
Materials and Features: 18k pink gold
Age/Origin: 19th C, French, c. 1825
Measurements: Size 7.5, 4.0 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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