• A beautiful French intaglio ring dates to the late 19th century and is modelled in solid 9ct gold. The head of the ring is a milky white chalcedony stone that has been intricately carved with the French phrase ‘je ne change qu'en mourant’, which translates roughly to ‘I only change in death'. This prophetic phrase curves around the outside of the ring with the centre holding a simple depiction of a leaf. The leaf likely symbolises eternal life and returning to the earth, a poetic sentiment.


    The antique intaglio is held on a wide patterned band that we suspect is a later addition, although the band has age itself. Due to the unique shank this ring is not eligible to re-size, but due to the construction of the ring is fits a variety of ring sizes from around an N-P (US 6.5 - 7.5). 

    French Intaglio Ring 'I only change in death'

    • Stone: Chalcedony

      Chalcedony Measurements: 18mm x 14mm

      Dimensions of Head: 21mm x 17mm

      Metal: 9ct gold, tested

      Shank Width: 4mm

      Ring Size: N-P approx.  (US 6.5 - 7.5)

    • Please add the size you require as a note at checkout. 

      We offer a ring re-sizing service by our antique specialist for a small fee, starting at £40.

      Most of our rings can be resized, but if they can’t we will stipulate this in the description.

      As a rule we will only alter a ring by three UK sizes. If you would like to size a ring more than three UK sizes (either up or down) please contact us on a case by case basis and we will try and accommodate you as best as possible.

      We do not offer refunds on altered pieces, so please make sure you love your new piece before you purchase. 

      Sizing takes approximately 1-2 weeks.