The Dorothea Ring
The Dorothea Ring
The Dorothea Ring

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The Dorothea Ring

Regular price $300.00

"Your minds may now be likened to a garden, which will, if neglected, yield only weeds and thistles; but, if cultivated, will produce the most beautiful flowers, and the most delicious fruits." - Dorothea Dix, early advocate for the mentally ill and a catalyst for reform

  • 14k yellow gold
  • carved sardonyx
  • currently a size 5
  • circa 1890s

During the Victorian Era, there was a rising interest in in Neo-classical motifs. Themes from ancient Greece and Rome found there way into art, architecture, and jewelry. This incredibly unique ring from the late 1800's features a revival of a Roman lady in a carved cameo. Perched above her lovely head is an upside down rose. Since the Victorians intentionally used all aspects of jewelry design as an opportunity for symbolism, we can assume the rose was packed with meaning. Roses are associated with the goddess Aphrodite as well as love and beauty. Framing the teardrop shaped face is thin gold flanked by engraved shoulders. This one is pure romance.