The Metropolitan Museum of Art is known for creating jewelry that replicates the ancient treasures housed within their collection--allowing for works of art that would otherwise be impossible to acquire to be worn as fine jewelry. This 22k and 18k gold ring contains a replica of a Greek carnelian scaraboid, circa 450-430 BC, that is on display in the museum. The original piece is an oval-shaped intaglio with the image of a heron sunning its wings. Here we see it set into a 22k gold surround, hand-hammered over the intaglio with a technique similar to what would have been used during Greek times, on an 18k gold band. The carnelian has a nice translucence, allowing the gold to glow through the gemstone. The ring makes a stunning tribute to the ancient piece, with remarkable hand-carved detail near identical to the original.
The ring is marked on the band as 18k; the bezel setting tests as 22k. The face of the ring measures 15/16” x 11 x 16” x 3/16”. The band is 1/8” wide. The ring weighs 9 grams.
Ring size 6.5