Made in St. Petersburg, Russia, between 1899 and 1904.
This antique 14K gold ring is set with a cushion cut aquamarine intaglio finely engraved with a highly meaningful design of a dolphin curled around an anchor. The dolphin and anchor symbol is called Festina Lente (in Latin), which translates to “make haste slowly“.
Originally, an ancient Greek design, it was especially popular in the Roman times. Two Roman emperors, Augustus and Titus, adopted the design as their motto. This symbol revived during the Renaissance.
The aquamarine measures 10.7 x 7.9 mm x 4.13 mm and is approximately 2 carats.
The ring is marked with 56 zolotnik old Russian gold standard with initials ‘ЯЛ’ for St. Petersburg assay master Yakov Liapunov and maker’s initials.
Ring size 7.75 (18 mm) sizable