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Georgian, 18ct Gold, French, Carved Intaglio Ring

Product SKU: ARB-345

Chalcedony intaglio ring. Intaglios are carved stones, but unlike cameos, where the design protrudes in relief, the design of an intaglio is carved into the stone, in concave relief. This pale green chalcedony with a brownish tinge is intricately carved with a youth in profile, wearing a laurel wreath, symbolising victory. The reverse is inscribed ‘Agrippa’, identifying the subject as Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, (64/62-12 BC) a high ranking general, close confidant and eventual son in law of the Roman Emperor Augustus. The art of intaglio carving originated in ancient Greece and Rome, and was revived in the Renaissance, but reached new heights of popularity in the early 19th century, with the Napoleonic occupation of Italy. Harnessing the classical imagery of the ancient world to bolster the legitimacy of their new regime, Napoleon’s court brought cameos and intaglios to the forefront of European fashion, and this particularly fine example was most likely manufactured in Italy around this time, drawing upon ancient examples.



Place Of Origin


Stone Type

Chalcedony: 13.5mm x 10mm

Setting Dimensions

Height of setting: 5.5mm
Width of setting at front: 15mm x 14.5mm

Metal Type

18 carat gold, French import hallmarks

Date Of Manufacture

1800 - 1830

Period Of Manufacture



Very good

Signs Of Wear

Wear commensurate with age

Band Size

UK N / US 6.75 (complimentary re-size available)


4.35 grams (gross)