The Lady in Waiting Portrait Ring

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The Lady in Waiting Portrait Ring

2,500.00

Metal: 18K Gold

Stone: Crystal covered portrait on wafer.

Size: 7

Era: 18020

What You Should Know: Portrait is in wonderful shape.

**This ring can be resized.

“The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity. ” - Virginia Woolf

You’ve captured our curiosity, Lady in Waiting. Though you may be anonymous to us, at one point in time (almost 200 years ago), you were certainly known and loved. So much so, your image was commissioned to last forever.

 

Miniature portrait jewelry was no new trend, even way back in the Victorian era. The art was first implemented during the late Middle Ages as a way to decorate books. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the craft carried over into hard objects, like medallions depicting royalty for their court to carry or wear as a charm or pendant. By the Georgian and Victorian eras, tiny portraits graced the surface of almost every kind of jewelry imaginable. Before photography was available (around 1839), small painted portraits were one of the only ways to have a tangible keepsake with your loved one’s likeness. Artists, called limners, traveled from city to city offering personal commissions or carrying with them inventory of miniatures of well known royals, mythological creatures, or lovely ladies.

 

This incredible and fascinating portrait ring features a sepia toned, genteel lady. Her image is detailed on wafer and protected under domed crystal. Bezel set in 18k yellow gold with a thin band, this ring is about as classic collectible as you can get. What we love most about this piece is the portrait itself. Not only is it in impeccable condition, but those eyes… that almost smirk… we are intrigued. 

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