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. This beautiful cameo depicts the profile of a lady wearing a tiara. From the top of her elaborately coiffed hairstyle to the diaphanous scarf at her decolletage, she is perfectly executed, her pale beauty standing out starkly from the deep black background. We have paired this stunning beauty with an antique replica shank that compliments her style perfectly. An arresting piece, sure to be admired even more often now that you can wear her as a ring!
Size (can be resized): 7
Dimensions: Ring top is 2cm
Weight: 4.2 grams
Materials: Gold, carved hardstone cameo
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent converted antique condition