Archive | May, 2013

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Another Poniatowski gem rediscovered

It has been a while since I last posted to my blog.  So here I will catch up with a few new posts, on more Poniatowski gems that I have purchased, starting with this beauty, which was lost, and now is found. Engraved Carnelian in gold swivel setting. Above is the gem, and engraved carnelian agate, here shown with the light going through it, allowing one to see the masterful engraving, an three dimensional image done in reverse, intaglio.  What we see is a young serious woman, hair drawn back into a simple bun, indication of robes at the bottom of her neck, and a large inscription along the left side, reading “POLLA ARGENTARIA”. Here you see the gem in its setting, in reflected light. Above is the gem seen in its setting, with the light reflecting off the surface.  What isn’t evident from this image is that the surface shows some minor wear with some small scratches.  This becomes important in its identification. The research of this gem took several stages.  Its first rate […]

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