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Antique Art Nouveau Victorian ring 14k gold sapphire panthers Man or Woman(7402)

Antique Art Nouveau Victorian ring 14k gold sapphire panthers Man or Woman(7402)

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Antique Art Nouveau / late Victorian ring. 14k gold and blue sapphire. Made circa 1890's -1905. Origin unknown.
Unisex - suitable for a man or a woman. Has independent appraisal.

Measurements: Weight is 10.40 grams. US size 7.5. The sapphire weight 1.79ct.

Description : A bright, twinkling cornflower blue sapphire - round and generous in shape, is colette-set in a gold bezel.
While we did not send the sapphire to be tested for origin, it has the color and appearance of a Ceylon sapphire. On either side of the gem is a stalking panther. Elegant, sleek, muscled, the animals creep around the band of the ring, going well beyond the shoulders and sides. Foliage is modelled above the tail.
Makes a fabulous engagement ring for a man, but could be worn by anyone. (see below).

Marks and Metal: Stamped 14k.

Condition: Clearly loved for generations, the ring is worn, commensurate with age and use. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.

THE STORY: this ring opens the debate about who and when the panther became a hot trend in jewelry. While we often attribute the origin of the panther fashion to Cartier, this ring and others show that clearly, the late Victorians had a passion for these sleek, elegant animals. For example, we have seen a wonderful Boucheron belt clasp with a very similar design as well as our own panther scarf ring with an almost identical theme.
Who originally wore this ring? Was it a man or a woman? I'm going with the male theory. I can just see a gentleman, well-dressed, suave and debonaire, wearing this ring to his club to be discussed with his friends. Could there be a secret message relating to the panthers shared between close friends or lovers? What was the significance and symbolism of the panther to the Victorians? After well over 1 1/4 centuries, does it really matter?
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