Victorian 15kt Cameo & Rose Cut Diamond Ring
Originally, cameo jewelry was hand-carved from hard stone, up until the 15th and 16th centuries. At that point came the addition of the use of shell for cameo carving. Renaissance cameos are typically white on a grayish background, and were carved from the shell of a mussel or cowry. In the mid 18th century, explorations revealed new shell varieties. Helmet shells from the West Indies, and queen conch shells from the Bahamas arrived in Europe, thus sparking an increase in the number of cameos that were carved from shells. Antique shell and hard stone cameos in well-preserved condition remain highly sought after today!
A beautiful cameo ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Contained within a lovely 15kt gold setting, the cameo centerpiece depicts a woman's face in profile, resting above reddish brown stone background. The cameo is bezel set, and surrounded by a circular airline cutout. Framing the cameo centerpiece are elegant leaf-like shoulders, which are topped in white gold and set with delicate rose cut diamonds. A smooth gold band completes the design. An wonderful example of traditional Victorian cameo jewelry, the ring would make a special addition to any antique collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 7 1/4, but could be resized up or down. The cameo centerpiece has a 3/8" diameter, and measures about 3/4" wide from shoulder to shoulder.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or carved cameo and rose cut diamond accents, which are secure and intact. There is a natural patina on the surface of the gold setting, which is normal for antique jewelry and adds to its beauty and character.