An 18 carat ring in neo roman style set with a glass intaglio that is a nicolo imitation representing the three graces. A nicolo is a Roman banded agate intaglio with a blue top layer and a dark brown bottom layer. France, 19th century.
The Charites, also commonly known as the three Graces were daughters of Zeus; Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (joy) and Thalia (festivity). They personified grace, beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song.
As in this intaglio, they are usually depicted in classical sculpture as three naked women, holding hands and dancing in a circle.