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12K Gold Georgian Era Carnelian Intaglio Fob

An elegant late Georgian era carnelian fob, with a crisp intaglio on the face. The carved image that we find on the luminous orange carnelian stone is a portrait of a Roman figure, perhaps a scholar, most likely a man with high honors or importance. The fob is immaculately carved, with sharp lines and great detail. The bearded man in profile is rendered in various depths adding dimensionality and texture to this piece. The carnelian is bezel set into a 12K gold setting with an ornate scrolling element that leads to the bale onto where one can attach a chain. This fob makes a great pendant, a lovely decorative charm to add to a chain of your choice.

The carnelian measures approximately 1/2 an inch by 3/4 of an inch. The fob weighs a total of 7.4 grams and measures approximately 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches. The piece dates to the 1830s. It is not marked but has been acid tested to 12 karats of gold.

Traditionally, during the Georgian era, fobs were worn by gentlemen as a sign of status and elegance. When pressed against a wax seal, the fob became the personal signature of its owner, and would be used to sign documents. Perhaps this was the seal of a Roman scholar, or writer of this time. This fob pendant is a beautiful antique, in great condition for its age and a good addition to any antique jewelry collection. It is a rare find, a beautiful object with a crisp and beautiful intaglio. This piece of jewelry is great for everyday wear and makes a very special gift!

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