14k Bezel Set Ariadne Shell Cameo Pendant
According to Ovid's Ars Amatoria, Ariadne fell in love with the most hedonistic being to walk in the mortal fray, Bacchus himself. Often shown on her wedding day, cameoic depictions of Ariadne will see her crowned with a diadem of grapes and flowers. In Titian's 1823 painting of Ariadne's chance meeting with Bacchus, he indicates their wedding with the Corona Borealis constellation, which in classical mythology, was the outcome of her ultimate mortality; her wedding diadem was thrown into the sky, Bacchus rendering her into stars when she died. Perhaps the ultimate tale of a good-girl-gone-bad; we rarely find Ariadne in Edwardian portraits, but when we do, I always take notice. This gorgeous example is set in 14ct gold, and would be well fitted on a chain or a ribbon with her top hook.
Pendant features a hook on the back & 2 L-rings on either side.
Materials and Features: 14k, Apollo, God of Sun & War
Measurements: 14.5 grams
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