The Maude Vintage Onyx & Diamond Ring

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The Maude vintage ring is a classic gothic antiquarian specimen, featuring custom cut black onyx and single cut diamonds.

  • Currently an AU size K
  • Can be resized up to a size N, down to an size J
  • 14ct white gold
  • Features two single cut, bezel set round diamonds, with a total diamond weight of 0.04ct
  • Features a centre claw set gloss black onyx tablet, with hand engraving
  • Features a delicate filigree setting

Named after the first known female tattoo artist in the United States, Maud Stevens Wagner (1877 - 1961). She was taught to tattoo by her husband (in trade for a date, they say). 

By the beginning of the 15th century, when a new interest in the classical past and its relics arose among Italian humanists and collectors, Greek and Roman engraved gems and coins became part of every antiquarian collection. Almost daily, specimens of antique cameos, carnelians, sardonyx, and other varieties of hardstone intaglios were recovered from the ruins of ancient Rome, while other pieces reached the hands of Western collectors from the classical sites of the eastern Mediterranean.