Antique 18th Century Diamond Bracelet with 2000 year old Chalcedony Intaglios
Antique 18th Century Diamond Bracelet with 2000-year-old Chalcedony Intaglios
We could have never imagined how much history and exact data is concealed in this late 18th Century diamond bracelet with 2000-year-old chromium chalcedony intaglios dating back from between 100 BC until 100 AD set in 14ct bi-colour gold alternating with silver-encrusted old mine brilliant cut diamonds. The bracelet itself has been crafted around 1790.
One interesting fact we already want to point out to you is that one intaglio is the same type as the one of Julius Caesar’s own signet ring, inherited and worn by Augustus.
71 old brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of 2.50ct. (colour and clarity: F/K, vs/i).
Eight chromium chalcedonies and the description of each of these Roman intaglios (directions left/right) is given according to the impressions that these seals would make in wax.
Nº 01 depicts: the bare head of a male to right, in a Late Republican fashion
Nº 02 depicts: Asklepios standing to left, draped, with his snake around his caduceus
Nº 03 depicts: a standing soldier to left, helmeted, holding spear and shield: Mars?
Nº 04 depicts: a Victory walking to the right, holding a wreath and a palm
Nº 05 depicts: a standing female deity facing, resting on a short column, holding drapery and a palm with one arm, a spear and shield (?) with the other
Nº 06 depicts: a standing female deity to left, elegantly dressed, holding something, with letters behind her.
Nº 07 depicts: Bacchus dancing (?), nude, holding a vase from which he verses wine towards the ground where a panther rests
Nº 08 depicts: Venus Victrix standing to right, resting on a short column, holding the spear and helmet. This type was the one of Julius Caesar’s own signet ring, inherited and worn by Augustus. It can be found on several coins of the 1stand 2ndcentury AD.
Total length 18 cm (7.09 inch)
Width 1.55 cm (0.61 inch)
Weight 10.50 gram (6.75 dwt)
Condition: excellent condition, especially given its age (one of the intaglio’s has a chip at the back, not visible from above)
1 in stock