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.
Victorians loved cameos, and wore them prolifically throughout the era. This pretty lady has a sweetly serene smile on her face. She must be proud of her antebellum hairdo! The 10 karat gold shank is lavishly decorated with flowers, and the simple setting frames her milky white throat and shoulder to perfection. A testament to beauty and femininity, she is a must-have for any cameo collector!
Size (can be resized): 9.25
Dimensions: Ring top is 23mm wide.
Weight: 6.5 grams
Materials: Gold, carved shell cameo
Metal: 10K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition