Item No. 263
Originally a brooch and now mounted as a ring, it is a reverse intaglio in Essex crystal. The process to make a piece like this is a long and highly skilled effort of multiple craftsmen. First the rock crystal is cut and polished into a cabochon shape. The crystal is then carved from the back to create the design. Lastly, the crystal is painted to depict a miniature. These typically depict animals and flowers. This one has a bird amongst leaves and flowers. The entire crystal is surrounded by rose cut diamonds over an open gallery mounting in 18K. The top of the ring dates to the early Victorian period. The shank, in 14K, was originally on a signet ring from the turn of the century.