The motto “Rein Sans Pein” loosely translates to “No Pain, No Gain” (or “No Gain Without Pain”), which has been a popular catch cry long before Jane Fonda used it to encourage you to “feel the burn”.
In this large antique intaglio we find a very naked and delightfully cherubic Cupid (The Classical God of Love and Affection) preparing to retrieve a plump and juicy heart from a large thorn bush. Clearly the message here is nothing to do with the virtues of exercise, and everything to do with risking all for love – after all our dear little god is buck naked so there is quite a bit at stake in his endeavour.
The intaglio is carved into carnelian and measures 22.5mm x 18.8mm. The carnelian is bordered in a bezel of sterling silver, and held in a coronet setting of 9ct gold. This was quite likely originally a fob, but was modified some point in the past with the integration of a 15ct Victorian era ring. The band is hallmarked 15ct, which has been verified by XRF test, the other sections are not marked but their precious metal content has been verified by XRF test. It weighs 9.9 grams
The face of the ring measures 24.7mm x 21mm. It sits 11mm high on the finger.
The ring is currently a size P1/4 or 8