Cupid’s Challenge : Extra Large Antique Carnelian Intaglio Ring

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In this large antique intaglio ring we find a very naked and delightfully cherubic Cupid (or Eros, the Classical God of Love and Affection) preparing to retrieve a plump and juicy heart from a large thorn bush.

The motto “Rien Sans Peine” is written (in reverse) around the scene and loosely translates to “No Pain, No Gain” (or “No Gain Without Pain”), which has been a popular catch cry long before Jane Fonda adopted it for her workout videos.

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.

This extra large antique intaglio was once part of a Georgian or Victorian Era Fob. I had a new setting handmade especially for it, so you can have the best of both worlds – antique and brand new ✨

It’s a powerful unisex statement ring and still functional as a wax seal. A guaranteed conversation starter 🧡

Manufacture:
The antique intaglio is carved into carnelian and measures 22mm x 19mm. It has been set into a brand new, handmade 9ct gold setting.  The carnelian is bordered in a tapered bezel of gold with a white gold top to emphasise the colour of the hardstone. The bezel is held by a sturdy unisex reeded band.

The face of the ring measures 23mm x 19.2mm. It sits 6.25mm high on the finger. The band is 15.9mm wide at the shoulders, tapering to 5.4mm at the back of the band. The band is 1.4mm thick.
It weighs 8.6grams.

The ring is currently a size P1/2 or 8
resizable

Condition:
The intaglio is in sublime condition with no chips or scratches – nothing that will mar a perfect wax impression. I commissioned new, handmade, unisex setting for this antique intaglio with antique styling – as such the ring is a marriage of old and new, with all components in outstanding condition and ready for everyday wear.

Description

The antique intaglio is carved into carnelian and measures 22mm x 18mm. It has been set into a brand new, handmade 9ct gold setting.  The carnelian is bordered in a tapered bezel of gold with a white gold top to emphasise the colour of the carnelian. The bezel is held by a sturdy unisex reeded band.

The face of the ring measures 23mm x 19.2mm. It sits 6.25mm high on the finger. It weighs 8.6 grams

Size P1/2 or 8
resizable