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Burma Ruby Intaglio Ring

  • An exceptionally rare carved Burma ruby is featured in this gold ring
  • Carved in the 17th century, the ruby features an eagle motif
  • Set in 14K yellow gold
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$18,850
Item No. 31-7416

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Description
This beautiful and rare 17th-century ring features a ruby intaglio bezel-set in a 14K yellow gold setting. Expertly carved with an eagle motif, the vivid red ruby is certified by the American Gemological Laboratories as originating in Burma, with no evidence of heat treatments to enhance its pinkish red hue. The jewel is perfectly accented by the braided design of the ring.

Also known as gem carving, the art of intaglio dates to as. . .
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This beautiful and rare 17th-century ring features a ruby intaglio bezel-set in a 14K yellow gold setting. Expertly carved with an eagle motif, the vivid red ruby is certified by the American Gemological Laboratories as originating in Burma, with no evidence of heat treatments to enhance its pinkish red hue. The jewel is perfectly accented by the braided design of the ring.

Also known as gem carving, the art of intaglio dates to as early as the 14th century B.C.E. and was practiced by ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, Assyria, Phoenicia, and later in Greece and Rome. In fact, the gemstone intaglio was one of the most popular jewelry designs in ancient Rome, as Roman men of social standing commonly wore intaglio rings in order to mark wax seals. Following the Renaissance, the time-honored tradition was reinvigorated, resulting in exceptional creations such as this ring.

For centuries, the Burma ruby has ranked among the most sought-after gems in the world, but following an edict of the King himself, the finest stones were never allowed to leave the kingdom, making these rubies exceedingly rare. The country’s borders were closed in 1962, further restricting trade and increasing the rarity of these magnificent gemstones.

17th century

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Burma Ruby Intaglio Ring
Period: Pre-18th Century
Origin: Burma
Type: Rings
Stones: Ruby
Style: Ancient
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