When Italian archeologist Alessandro Francois discovered an ancient Etruscan tomb in Italy in 1857, he introduced the world to a wonderment of magnificent gold work the likes which had not been seen since the 4th century BCE.
Though not much is known about this ancient civilization, the treasures unearthed by Francois forever changed the world of jewelry.
Images of intricately wrought ancient golden jewelry with delicate filigree work and colorful gems captivated the imagination of Victorians and energized many nineteenth-century jewelers to create their own inspired pieces.
Skilled jewelry artisans began incorporating 2,000-year-old Etruscan techniques such as granulation, filigree and scrolled wire work and repoussé into their designs -- and with that, the Etruscan Revival period was born.
This exquisite ring is a wonderful example of the ancient civilization's influence on jewelry of the era.
Crafted in beautiful 14k rose gold, this jaw-dropping piece features layer upon layer of heavily detailed handiwork. From the repoussé band detailing to the individually soldered gold ball granulation, this ring exudes high Victorian Etruscan style.
However, what truly captivates is the designers choice and cut of stones. Eight beautiful point cut garnets frame a pearl centerpiece in a raised star setting. A top and bottom flourish each consisting of two seed pearls and one point cut Persian turquoise add just the right amount of colorful contrast and interest making this ring an instant heirloom.
Date: 1860s Materials: 14k rose gold, garnets, pearls, Persian turquoise Size: 6 Markings: None Condition: Very Good Shank has light surface scratches consistent with age and wear. Each of the turquoise pieces have a small chip in them, but it does not detract from how spectacular this ring is.
Pearls and turquoise are very porous. Do not submerge them into any sort of harsh chemicals as it will ruin them. Clean gently with warm soap and water and a soft bristled brush. Dry thoroughly. Lightly polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, if needed.