Natural Shell and Marcasite Muse Cameo Ring from Italy. This ring has genuine marcasite stones with a carved shell cameo in marquise shape setting. The setting is 800 silver and Hallmarked circa 1934-1944 featuring the motif of Lady Dancing - Muse
Sure could use a little good muse today...
Metal: Silver, Purity 800
Finish - High Polish
Gem/Material: Shell, Marcasite
Gem Measurements: 24.11 x 12.27 mm, Marcasite 0.0555 mm each - approximate 0.25 carat
Ring Size: 7.5
Marks: Maker's mark contains the silversmith's number, at center the "fasces" (an ancient Roman symbol, an axe bundled with birch sticks), and a two letter abbreviation of the province where the silversmith was registered.
Mark Location: Stamped on the outside of the band (see image)
Weight: 0.90 ounces
Period: Circa 1934-1944
Gender: Female, Unisex
About Marcasite: The metallic shine of marcasite has been valued by numerous civilizations since antiquity. Marcasite is named for the Medieval Latin term "marcasita," a derivative of the Arabic word "markaschatsa," meaning "fire stone." This term isn't in reference to marcasite's beautiful metallic shine. Marcasite can actually spark when struck with iron or flint.
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