For a coat of arms or a monogram

Antique gold & agate signet ring, Pest circa 1890

The signet ring was already an important symbol in antiquity and, in addition to its function as a representative object, was also used to seal documents. In almost all epochs, these rings were reserved for the upper classes alone. Above all, the pieces of jewellery were charged with content and were often a sign of noble origin and social influence. The ring presented here is such a signet ring and was made in Pest (today Budapest) in the late years of the 19th century, this is revealed by the small hallmark in the form of a fox head inside the ring band, which was only used in the years between 1872 and 1922. The ornamented gold setting bears a polished disc of two-tone layered stone in an cushion shape. The stone has a light blue face on a carnelian red background, it is particularly suitable for engraving and so a skilled stone cutter can engrave a coat of arms or monogram into it. However, the stone is also beautiful in this undecorated form. The ring can be worn effectively by both ladies and gentlemen. It found its way to us in Vienna, it is beautifully preserved and convinces with its elegant materials and its beautiful workmanship.

The term Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy refers to the Habsburg rule in Central and Southeastern Europe between the years 1867 and 1918. Emperor Franz Joseph I was ruler of a multi-ethnic empire consisting of a wide variety of nations with very different cultural influences. Soon after the unification of the individual countries under the crown of Austria, jewellery was created that brought together the various influences of the new multi-ethnic state. They led to a recognizable national style of the imperial and royal monarchy, which still evokes memories of these splendid years even after the end of the state due to the First World War.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.