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C1880 OVAL PIQUE LARGE SCALE RING

C1880 OVAL PIQUE LARGE SCALE RING


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1426284
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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P.O. Box 4684
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
tel. 410-435-3738

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 $1,750.00 
Roughly translated as "pierce" in French, the word pique means dotted, or cracked. Thus describes the beautiful minor art of pique jewelry, made from the tortoiseshell of the hawksbill turtle. The upper shell and lower belly of the hawksbill turtle were heated and molded and inlaid with gold and silver dots, geometric, or floral designs Pique jewelers made many pieces using this process, and the result was a minor art form, including and especially this oversized and unusual pique oval ring. This ring is US size 5 3/4.
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