It’s been a while since we had a good old fashioned Ring Roundup!
Today’s has a simple theme: these glorious rings are all figural in some way – by which I mean that they’re shaped like something, either human or animal. (This was an accidental theme – it wasn’t until after I chose the first three that I realized I was feeling figural.)
This Victorian mother-of-pearl ring dates to 1880 and is shaped like a turtle. A turtle!! It was originally a stick pin, but has since been converted. The setting is 18k yellow with a split shank design and the turtle is set with rose-cut diamonds. I dare you not to love this one.
This figural Art Nouveau signet ring kills me. The first several times I looked at it, I was sure that the two figures holding the central shield on their elbows were mermaids. I think they might actually just be ladies standing in decorative swirls, but I prefer to think of mermaids so as mermaids I shall think of them. How’s that for a sentence?
What blows my mind about this one is that it’s blank. Who could ever own such a fantastic signet ring and not have it engraved?? Maybe it was never purchased.
This charismatic little ring is an Art Nouveau cameo ring formed from a carved moonstone face surrounded with rubies. Isn’t it interesting? It reminds me of ghosts or the moon, but I mean both of those in a very positive way.
I’ve never seen anything quite like this Art Deco ring before. It reflects the Egyptian Revival style, the result of the 1920’s obsession with ancient Egypt. This ring has a glorious split shank design in 18k gold which supports the most magnificent headdress-wearing figure rendered in gold gemstones. My favorite part is those luscious ruby drop earrings that the figure in the ring is wearing.
This ring is much more adorable than I generally expect skulls to be. It features a Victorian carved ivory skull charm set with modern diamond eyes. I love the way the skull charm is attached to the ring shank in a way that allows it to move around. What an interesting way to re-purpose an antique finding.
(Please note that I may have stretched the interpretation of “figural” a tiiiiiiny bit in using it to describe all of these selections.)
These glorious antique rings are all for sale by A Brandt + Son. For listings, please see links in descriptions above. All images and info are thanks to A Brandt + Son.