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When we think of archaeological revival jewelry of the 19th century, we must remember that the vast topic of ancient worlds had "favorites" among the Italian, French, English, and American lenses that we often see these revivals through, today. One of my favorite pieces of revival jewelry we've ever had, however, is this exceedingly rare pearl "line" ring or "abacus" ring. The abacus was a known ancient mathematic device in the 19th century, and like many archaeological treasures, was part of a braoder discussion about the politics of adornment- so it is extremely exciting to present this ring within that context. Rather than the categories of Greco-Roman mythology, or Egyptomania, or even the beloved family of Etruscan motifs, it is very exciting to find an English ring such as this that hearkens to a Babylonian origin. In what would be modern day Iraq, the Babylonioan empire boasted some of the greatest mathematic genius of ancient civilization, owed in no small part to their innovations of math-tech, like the abacus. Instead of wooden or agate beads, this ring boasts pearls that can slide on their wires and help you count- well, whatever you need to count!

In 15ct, circa 1820-1840.

Materials and Features:   Pearl, 15ct

Age/Origin: English, 1820-1840

Marks: None

Measurements: Size 6

Condition: Excellent for her age, minor wear where noted.


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