Sardonyx is a banded agate form of Chalcedony Quartz. Hard stone cameos are much more difficult to carve than shell which is a significantly softer material. Most shell cameos were carved in Naples, Italy while the hard stone cameos were cut primarily in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. An exquisite hard stone sardonyx cameo ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This stunning ring is made with 14kt yellow gold and has a carved cameo center. The ornate detail portrayed in the Victorian woman's face is exceptional. If you look very closely, you can see the lovely feminine folds of the dress and curls of hair. The background of the cameo is a gorgeous pale purplish pink color, which looks fantastic against the vibrant yellow gold. It's a beautiful ring and would look perfect worn everyday or for a special occasion!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6.5 but could easily be resized.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold or to the cameo.