Like all art, the zeitgeist of a particular era is written in the design of its jewelry. It is said that Art Nouveau jewelry was a reaction to French society at the time, including women's fight to secure more rights for themselves outside of the home. The nation's loss in the Franco-Prussian War left the French worried about what would occur if women got jobs and education, and worried the birth rate would then drop, leaving the country with fewer men to support future armies. This explains the feminist flavor of Art Nouveau. Few periods impacted the 20th century as the Art Nouveau did, and this gorgeous Nouveau Revival ring speaks to the lasting prevalence of the visual markers of the era in the 1960's, which heavily revived Victorian and Nouveau themes.
Symbolizing strength, courage, and power, the Lion is an important allegory of identity. Here seen in the Statant position, (the Standing position) this lion stands its ground, over a snake, whom it has conquered, as courage overcomes evil. The Statant position is a heraldry position seen when the beast depicted has all four paws on the ground, most commonly with the two at the front joined together-- and we were extremely pleased to find this peculiar vintage ring playing with this historical appreciation of ancient forms.
Materials and Features: 14k gold
Age/Origin: American, 1960
Measurements: 3.25 grams, Size 7.25
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor wear as to be expected.
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