"The Muse"

18K & Carved Onyx Cameo Ring

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  • Regular price $1,250.00

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.

Despite its popularity in previous periods, the most well-known era for cameo collection was the 19th century, inspired by royal cameo collectors Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon Buonaparte. 

Victorians were enchanted by ancient civilizations and mimicked the fashion styles of Roman and Greek artifacts. The lady gracing the face of this ring has a very classical look, with her serene profile and her curled locks. The shank is crafted of 18 karat yellow gold, with detailed shoulders echoing classical architectural motifs. We are loving the sexy cut outs above the darts! A wonderful work of quality for the true antique cameo enthusiast, she will serve as your muse every time you wear her!

Details (approximate)

Size (can be resized): 6.5

Weight: 6.6 grams

Materials: Gold, Carved Onyx Cameo

Metal: 18K yellow gold

Marks: None

Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear