Between the Franco-Prussian War and World War I, 1871- 1914, much of Europe enjoyed a period of peace, prosperity, optimism, rapid developments in science and technology, and relative political stability. It was "the beautiful era" (Belle Epoch), a golden age, a time best characterized by the expression joie de vivre (from the title of a book by Émile Zola).
This lovely Fleur de Lis, or “lily flower” is a design originating in France hundreds of years ago as a motif associated with royalty and nobility; being used in royal emblems, crests, and heraldic coat of arms. The stylized lily has three petals tied together and it is a popular design motif in art, culture, religion, architecture, and jewelry all over the world.
Originally a brooch, The fleur-de-lis on this ring is made up of many curved bands of yellow gold filled over base metal which are accented with borders of granulated beading.A lovely example of jewelry from the Art Nouveau era, this ring would make a unique and valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection.
Size: 8.5 (can be resized)
Dimensions: 1.1" Ring top
Weight: 3.1 grams
Materials: 14K gold over base metal (ring top), 14K yellow gold (shank)
Condition: Very good antique condition; some wear on surface.