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Late 19th Century Phoenix & Stars Lapis Intaglio Ring

"Rising from the ashes like a Phoenix": this mythical bird represents rebirth and renewal. For millennia it has been associated with the sun and fire. Phoenixes, appearing in heraldry since the Middle Ages, always share attributes: the head, chest and wings of an eagle rise from fire, and the entire creature is never depicted. Mysterious! Bonus flames are coming out of her head here, crown-like. She carries a three-starred shield.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), lapis lazuli

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - mark on the interior of the shank from. a previous resizing

  • Size

    5, can be resized; 1/2" head, 1/8" shank

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