Most likely bought on a Grand Tour holiday, the traditional holiday of wealthy Europeans and North American during the Art Deco era, this Faience bead would have been bought on a Grand Tour trip to Egypt and brought back to be set in jewelry. Faience beads can be thousands of years old; the one ins this ring was carved to resemble a scarab beetle with the God Osiris carved in the inside
The ring setting was most likely made in France. There are gold leaf accents on the shoulders of the silver ring
Damage: Age appropriate wear.
Age Circa: Art Deco C. 1920 - 1940
Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed
Country of Origin: Unknown
Gram Weight: 5.4 Grams
Metal Type: .925 Sterling Silver and 14KT Rose Gold
Main Stone: Faience Bead
Main Stone Measurements/Colour: 15.65 mm long, 10.7 mm wide, Opaque Turquoise green hue with inclusions of white
Accent Stone Measurements/Colour: --
Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.
Stone Cuts: Carved and Polished Cabochon
Item Measurements: The face of the ring measures 0.72" long, 0.68" wide. The band measures 2.4 mm wide.
Ring Size: 5.5
The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand.
Archaeological revival jewelry was inspired by the excavations and discoveries of Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, and Etruscan sites in the 18th and 19th Centuries. These archaeological digs uncovered beautiful works of decorative arts, giving jewelers a glimpse into the past for inspiration for contemporary designs. Some of the revival styles incorporate the use of filigree and granulation decorations. The revival styles emphasized the contrast between antiquity and modernity, with jewelers of the modern world borrowing motifs and techniques from the ancients, to perfect with advanced technologies and incorporate into modern designs.
There were two primary waves of popularity for Egyptian motifs and imagery. The first Egyptian Revival took place during the 1700s, inspired by Napoleon’s campaign in Northern Africa as he swept across the land he collected and sent back beautiful pieces of antique Egyptian jewelry. The influx of designs and styles caused a fad, and Egyptian inspired jewelry, clothes, and decorations took off. The second Egyptian revival was influenced by archaeological discoveries and advancements, specifically the rediscovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. Egyptian revival common motifs include the Eye of Horus, which is meant to symbolize for healing and protection, scarabs and lotus flowers which express creation and life, and the Ankh symbol which indicates eternal life.
The late Baroque or Rococo period prevailed in the 18th century. The period was known for its substantial use of asymmetrical designs, curves, gold, and witty, whimsical themes. Both men and women at court wore sparkling gemstones set in gold during this period, as well as colorless glass pastes and pearls. Colored gems were often highly foiled behind them to enhance the depth of color. Jewelry was often created with naturalistic, floral designs. Rococo jewelry also featured embossed and engraved floral and feather designs on metal.
The Grand Tour was a popular vacation during the Georgian and Victorian eras. This vacation was generally between two and four years long, and it allowed wealthy people the opportunity to study different cultures, architecture, and art. During this vacation, travelers would pick up pieces of jewelry, which allowed the introduction of techniques and styles such as cameos, mosaics, and pietra dura to be introduced into popular jewelry styles.
Egyptian faience is a glassy substance made of powdered quartz with a blue or green hue. The ancient Egyptians used this in most forms of jewelry, and it was the preferred method for creating scarabs in jewelry. It was also used in the production of common household wares and statuary. The texture of beads and pieces varied from a porous stone-like feel to a smooth, semi-glossy finish. Faience was made by grinding quartz or sand crystals together with various amounts of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and copper oxide, and while it sometimes resembles pottery or ceramic, it contains no clay.
The scarab beetle was the earthly representation of the Egyptian god of creation and resurrection, Khepri. Khepri was believed to renew the sun every day, bringing life and light to the world each morning. The likeness of the revered insect was often carved into stone, precious metals and gemstones as talismans or amulets.