Sale Latest Finds What's Hot
Expert Picks
Our World
Contact Book Appointment Wishlists Sign In
The Antique Jewellery Company
The Antique Jewellery Company Experts since 1975Read More
The Antique Jewellery Company

Georgian 15ct Gold Seal with Amethyst Intaglio of Edmond Halley & His Comet

98 Admirers

An interesting seal to commemorate Edmond Halley who was perhaps the second-greatest genius in the history of British astronomy. By chance, he lived at the same time as Isaac Newton.
Halley was born in 1656. Edmond turned to astronomy when he was in his teens and he went to Oxford University in 1673, where he proved himself a brilliant student. He soon came to the attention of the newly appointed Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, with whom Halley observed at Greenwich.
Halley possessed self-confidence and ambition equal to his intellect. Without waiting to finish his studies at Oxford, he persuaded his father to support him on a two-year trip to the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic, from where he planned to catalogue the southern stars as Flamsteed was doing for those in the north. Coming from any other 19-year-old, it would have sounded embarrassingly presumptuous. Halley returned in 1678 with the job accomplished. He was rewarded with the accolades of the Royal Society and its patron, King Charles II, who ordered Oxford University to award Halley his master’s degree.
In 1682 a comet appeared. This was the comet that would one day bear his name.
This seal was made circa 1780.

Written by Olly Gerrish


or from £129.55/month with 0% for 12 months More Info
Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist
Free Delivery • Free Returns
Est FREE UK Delivery: Sat 15th August, before 1pm

Date & Origin


Very Good




Gold Amethyst


Unmarked, tested to 15ct gold


Height 2.7 cm
Base 1.8 cm by 1.6 cm

Item Number


Ready to try it on?

Discover our friendly jewel box in the heart of London's Mayfair

Book Your Appointment

Free Worldwide Delivery

UK next working day before 1pm
Europe 3-5 working days
USA & ROW 5-7 working days

More info

30 Day Free Returns

If you don't like your item, return it to us for free within 30 days for a full-money refund More info

Ring Sizing

Free Ring Sizing

Let us know your desired size at checkout and we will size your ring at no additional cost

More info

Fast, Secure Payment

We use PayPal's industry-leading technology to keep your information safe

More info
The Responsible Choice

The Responsible Choice

Buying antique jewellery is both ethical and eco-friendly as harmful and destructive mining processes are not needed to make an item yours. So give yourself a pat on the back!

More info
Our 5 Point Promise

Our 5 Point Promise

We always stay true to our core values, embodied in The AJC Guarantee:
Quality, Rarity, Knowledge, Peace of Mind and The Personal Touch

More info
Google Ratings
4.9 Out of 247 Reviews
Antique Jewellery Company

Be an insider

Subscribe to the AJC Newsletter to be the first to hear about latest finds, offers and updates