The Agate Portrait Swivel Ring

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The Agate Portrait Swivel Ring

1,400.00

Metal: 15K Gold

Size: 5.5

Stone: Agate & Portrait on wafer

Era: 1850

What You Should Know: Face of ring swivels. Portrait of a young boy. British in origin

*This Ring Can Be Resized.  

This is practically two rings in one.

One one side of the rotating bezel, an intriguing carnelian colored agate shows face. Agates are one of the oldest stones known to mankind, and evidence of their use as bodily adornment from the Stone Age has been found. The ancient Romans would wear agates to please the gods that would bring them a healthy harvest, while magicians in ancient Persia would use agates to divert dangerous storms. Agates are known to encourage honestly, discern the truth, and even improves memory.

After spinning the agate backwards, you will find a portrait of a young boy painted on thin wafer paper. From the 16th century well into the 19th century, miniatures were one of the most sought after commissions of jewelry wearers. Limners would travel from town to town, creating small renderings of their paying customers’ loved ones.

This Victorian ring borrows its function from the more common “swivel” watch fob making it an amazing find. The Victorians were an extremely sentimental people so the thought of hiding this boys face may seem rude, but in fact it was a way to keep that person even closer to you. The 15k gold shoulders have a wonderful scrolling design that tapers along the band. We love a ring with options, especially one as cool as this one. 

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