Cannetille jewelry was based on a style of fabric embroidery that was adapted to precious metal. It is made with fine, twisted wire or thin sheets of gold or silver and is generally acknowledged to be a 'cousin' to Filigree work. It became popular during the Georgian era (approximately 1720-1820).
A cameo is a form of glyptography, or bas-relief carving, most often cut into glass, hard-stones, and shells. Artworks were crafted to create two layers on one piece of material, the top of which protruded from its background, creating a multi-dimensional artwork. These detailed reliefs were often used to adorn pieces of jewelry, including brooches, necklaces, bracelets and rings. The earliest cameos took inspiration from prehistoric petroglyphs, which documented important religious and symbolic iconography onto rock faces.
Presenting an antique solid 15 carat gold Conversion Ring; beautifully made, with fine cannetille decoration, and set with turquoise cabochons surrounding a hand carved natural dark orange coral cameo of a classical figure in profile. Converted from a brooch using a replica 14 karat yellow gold shank with a feather motif, it is a visually striking piece using contrasting colors to draw the eye right to the beauty on your hand!
Size (can be resized): 9.5
Weight: 5.6 grams
Materials: Gold, Carved coral cameo, turquoise
Metal: 15K yellow gold (ring top), 14K yellow gold (replica shank)
Condition: All original and very good. Slight signs of wear and some faint rubbing to cameo detail commensurate with age and use. Small chip to side of cameo (see photos). No defects.