18K French Victorian Onyx Intaglio Viscount/Viscountess Monogram JL/LJ Locket Ring
A rare precious French piece of history, featuring an 18k gold Victorian c.1900 onyx intaglio locket ring, hallmarked.
The intaglio features a 3 point and smaller 2 point coronet, signifying that the ring belonged to a Viscount/Viscountess. Beneath the coronet, is a monogram "JL/LJ" monogram - see picture in gallery of the intaglio seal on putty to see the imprint.
The ring face/locket measures 12mm x 15mm height.
The front opens up, revealing a hidden locket with its original bezel frame and glass cover, in great condition. This would not have been a poison ring, as there are bezel frames and the glass cover, which reveals that it was used exclusively as a locket.
It would have been used as a wax seal ring, and occasionally, whenever the Viscount/Viscountess missed his/her family or loved one, the wearer could open the locket to reminisce.
It is an all original ring and not a conversion piece.
The ring is hallmarked on the back of the outer shank with the French eagle head for 18k gold, and is a US 6 and sizable, fits like a US 5.5, and weighs 5.49 grams.
A Viscount/Viscountess (French: Vicomte/Vicomtesse) Coronet
Fig. 22. Vicomte(Vicegrafen)krone. Der Stirnreif trägt drei grosse und zwei kleine Perlzinken. Wir finden diese Krone in Frankreich und Spanien im Gebrauche. Die Vicondekrone in Portugal besitzt dieselbe Form, nur tragen die niederen Zinken keine Perlen."
Translation: Fig. 22. Vicomte (Vicegrafen) crown. The browband has three large and two small pearl prongs. We find this crown in use in France and Spain. The viscount crown in Portugal has the same shape, only the lower prongs do not have pearls.”
Source: Hugo Gerard Ströhl - Heraldischer Atlas, Stuttgart 1899.
Note: Because of the wider band on the sides, the ring fits tighter. We advise to go half a size up your usual size.
Era - Victorian c.1900
Materials - 18k gold / Onyx / Glass
Measurements - Ring Face: 12mm x 15mm height
Size - US 6 and sizable
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