A unique antique sterling silver fish ring that is ambiguous to say the least!
When viewed the normal way up (as you would wear it) it appears to be a rather impressive Art Deco marquise ring set with sparkling paste diamond brilliants and a Peking glass jade cabochon. When the ring is turned onto its side a pair of superbly detailed fish (back to back, with one flipped over) gradually appear to you. An incredibly clever design and a marvelous optical illusion!
Likely Chinese in origin (we have never seen another quite like it so have nothing to compare it to) the ring is very well made and high quality with bright cut engraving and the stones bead set. It has a raised stepped gallery that elevates the ring off the finger and creates a curved profile when viewed from the side.
A one of a kind statement ring, if you're a collector of rare antique jewellery or just love unique conversation pieces that just dazzle, then this may be one for you!
Chinese export jewellery (1911-1948) is very collectible and has an interesting history. In addition to manufacturing jewellery for export many pieces of Chinese jewellery were sold from personal collections and shipped internationally. This is the reason many Chinese are working to regain their jewellery as part of restoring their heritage today.
MATERIALS: sterling silver, acid tested
GEMSTONES: paste diamonds (glass), Peking jade glass
MEASUREMENTS: face measures 1-1/4" (3.4cm) tall, 5/8" (2cm) wide. The band is 4mm wide
RING SIZE: UK Q-1/2, US 8-1/4
WEIGHT: 16 grams
HALLMARKS: none (acid tested)
DATE: circa 1920, Art Deco
CONDITION: in excellent antique condition with light wear, please see photos, dark spots are camera shadow
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Materials: Sterling Silver, Glass.