A "cameo" is a method of carving which features a raised (or relief) image, and can be dated all the way back to the 3rd Century BC.
This fine antique cameo ring was crafted during Victorian times and features a beautifully carved portrait of a young lady, set in 9ct Yellow Gold. The cameo would have been carved by hand from a single piece of shell, and as you can see from the photographs, is very skill-full indeed. The detail you can see in her perfectly proportioned face, her eyes and in the strands of hair is incredible!
The deep terracotta background is complimented by the yellow Gold setting and beautiful tapered band.
The ring is fairly large in size and could be worn as a stand alone statement piece. The cameo measures 17mm tall x 14mm wide.
It's very unusual piece in that the shell is actually concave- ie it dips slightly in the middle- which is very ingenious. It shows the relief of the portrait much more than if it had a normal straight-sided setting- thus cleverly shows off the carving to its best advantage!
This ring is not only beautiful, but is a real talking point, and is offered in lovely antique condition.
ERA: Victorian (1837-1901)
MEASUREMENTS/RING SIZE: UK Size S / US Size 9
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The face of the ring measures 20mm tall x 15mm wid.
MATERIALS: 9ct Yellow Gold, Shell Cameo.
HALLMARKS: Marked "9ct". No other marks present. Tests as 9ct Gold.
This cameo is in fantastic condition and displays a great depth of detail. It's shape is slightly unusual when viewed from the side. It appears that the maker has deliberately recessed the sides of the ring to allow the white carving of the face to stand in higher relief, giving the ring a very "3D" feel. The gold is free of scratches and any signs of wear.
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