19th Century Painted Pansy Onyx and Silver Ring
This antique ring (circa 1880) is nothing short of a work of art. The glossy black onyx has a polished oval depression on which a delicate pansy bouquet was skillfully hand painted. The artist must have used minuscule brushes as some of the details are extraordinarily fine. The colors are naturalistic shades of lavender, periwinkle, yellow and green. Further adding to the beauty is the fact that the wispy stems and vine-like tendrils were painted in a metallic gold. It’s an absolutely gorgeous little painting. The onyx is set with a narrow silver bezel and a dramatic series of Gothic style prongs. Below the prongs is a thin little twisted rope-like detail. The shank is carved with little dots that shine against the backdrop of a wonderful, natural patina. There are no hallmarks present by I do guarantee the ring to be solid sterling silver. Measuring along the outside of the rope detail the dimensions are 20.5mm north to south and 16mm east to west. The upper most surface sits approximately 8mm above your finger and the shank measures 3mm wide. Currently a size 6-1/2. If sizing is needed just let me know and we can discuss options!