Intaglio Jewelry :
Classical Revival Seal Rings : Classical Revival Carnelian Intaglio of a Bee
Classical Revival Carnelian Intaglio of a Bee - FJ.6839
Additional Information: 18 Karat White Gold Ring/f
Location: United States
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This Gorgeous Intaglio Has Been Set in a
18 Karat White Gold Ring
The art of glyptics, or carving on colored
precious stones, is probably one of the
known to humanity. Intaglios, gems with
incised design, were made as early as the
and third millennia B.C. in Mesopotamia
Aegean Islands. They exhibit a virtuosity
execution that suggests an old and stable
tradition rooted in the earliest centuries.
tools required for carving gems were
wheel with a belt-drive and a set of drills.
special difficulty of engraving intaglios,
from their miniature size, was that the
had to work with a mirror-image in mind.
The Classical Revival was a phenomenon
swept through Europe in the 18th and
Centuries. A new appreciation for
ancient art forms was fostered by
the nascent scientific field of archaeology.
Perhaps the Classical Revival also reveals
longing towards the Arcadian lifestyles of
yesterday abandoned as Europe became
industrialized and increasingly urbanized.
Engraved upon the polished surface of
precious gemstone is a depiction of a bee.
remarkable little creature is both a source
tremendous respect and fear. Despite
small size, they carry a painful sting that is
nightmare of many children. In some
stings can produce fatal allergic reactions.
the same time these fascinating creatures
manufacture the sweet sticky nectar
honey. Mankind has long marveled at the
organization of the beehive where
workers tirelessly serve and protect one
Created during the Classical Revival,
intaglio reflects a longing towards the
stable days of monarchies during these