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.
This cameo ring illustrates how small objects can pack a big punch! The carving of a man in profile is so well executed, it's amazing to imagine how skillful the artisans were who made these little artworks. Depicting who we believe to be Nero, he is set in 18 karat yellow gold with beautiful snake like motifs at the shoulders and black enameling throughout. A masterful ring, sure to be a prize piece for any antique cameo collector!
Size (can be resized): 6
Weight: 2.5 grams
Materials: Gold, Carved Hard Stone Cameo
Metal: 18K yellow gold
Condition: Very good Antique condition commensurate with age and wear