This 14 karat gold Victorian ring features a detailed family crest intaglio, hand-carved into a captivating grey blue and black banded agate stone. The imagery includes a large eagle with wings spread open behind a black shield with 8 double barred crosses on one side, and a rampant lion on the other. The eagle in heraldry represents a person of noble nature, strength, bravery, and alertness or one who is high-spirited, ingenious, quick-witted, and judicious. With the wings displayed, it signifies protection. The shield has a lion rampant which signifies courage, nobility, strength and valor.
We don't know the exact family origins for this piece, but the symbols were popular in Scottish, Irish and English family heraldry. It certainly is a family crest just not identified as yet.
This statement ring weighs 22 grams, and has a raised oval border around the banded agate intaglio. The raised border creates a perfect frame for a wax seal. The ring fits a size 8 1/4", and has a streamlined, and chunky design.
This ring has power and strength through symbology and design - a must see Victorian ring! Circa 1870.