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15K Gold Victorian Banded Agate Shield Shaped Signet Ring


The banded agate in this 15k gold Victorian signet ring was left uncarved—allowing the agate’s beauty to be the centerpiece of the ring. The surface layer of the stone is a lavender purple-grey. Beneath it is a carnelian-colored amber red that is revealed on the back and sides of the stone. The ring’s setting is open on the bottom and the stone is translucent when held up to the light; because of this, it glows when worn. The signet is shield-shaped, denoting protection for its wearer, bezel set, with chevron and v-shapes along the sides of the ring—a design that is minimal but very effective. 

During its long life, the ring has acquired the perfect amount of wear to soften its edges, adding to its beauty and making it a special piece that feels good on the hand. Both bold and graceful, it is a great ring for a person of any gender. 

The ring contains several hallmarks on its interior including the maker’s mark V&S, the date mark V for 1870, the marks for Birmingham, England, and the mark for 15k gold. 

The ring weighs 6.75 grams. The agate measures approximately 1/2” x 3/8”. 

Ring size 6.75. The ring could be resized, but at the risk of destroying the hallmarks. 

Circa 1870. 

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