Man's best friend

Victorian Essex Crystal with Brabant Bull Bite in Modern Diamond Ring

Who could resist the loyal look of a friendly dog? Almost everyone who has ever looked into the eyes of one of these four-legged friends knows how quickly these loyal companions can conquer a place in our hearts. We too have a soft spot for dogs - and so it's no surprise that this ring is one of our favourites. In the middle of the ring, which was created in our workshop, a so-called "Essex Crystal" from Victorian England captures the eye. The depiction has been cut into a rock crystal cabochon from behind in the manner of an intaglio and then painted. It shows the head of one of the Boxer's ancestors, as this breed of dog is still a relatively recent breed. It has developed from a much older breed, the so-called "Brabanter Bullenbeisser" or "Bärenbeisser". Since the Middle Ages, regionally varying bull biters were bred at European royal courts to hunt defensible game, such as bears and wild boars. The executing engraver has masterfully succeeded in capturing the physiognomy and, above all, the attentive character of the animal. The depiction is also backed with a polished gold plate to further enhance the three-dimensional effect of the three-dimensional cut. Precise details of the fur can be seen and the deep cut even reveals a real shadow play of the figure in the crystal. A wreath of white diamonds surrounds the antique crystal held by a solid gold frame. With the help of a bar made of high-carat yellow gold, the magnificent depiction of the noble animal can now be worn on the finger and is sure to delight its beholders. A wonderful antique Essex crystal of the years around 1890 in a modern goldsmith's work, surrounded by 0.70 ct white diamonds - a piece that not only dog lovers will go weak over!

The exact origins of Essex Crystals are unknown, but this form of jewellery reached its peak in England in the mid-19th century with the depiction of dogs, cats, horses and hunting motifs. The technical challenges that were necessary to achieve the lifelike realism of the images were enormous and could only be mastered by specialists. The small portrait miniatures were created using a series of techniques and steps. First, a clear rock crystal or piece of glass is cut into a cabochon, with a domed front and a flat back. Next, the motif is cut into the back as a negative shape or intaglio to achieve the desired three-dimensional trompe l'oeil effect. Next, the resulting image is painstakingly hand-painted, rendering even the smallest details with admirable fidelity to nature. Finally, the image is covered with a thin background of mother-of-pearl, for example, and the crystal is set in gold so that it can be used in a piece of jewellery.

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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.