Coral Cameo Ring Set in 14k
The Grand Period of the Victorian Era began in 1861 with the death of Prince Albert, which caused Queen Victoria to wear mourning attire for decades to come. The myriad of cameo subjects during this time included figures and scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. Renaissance art, classical sculpture, famous paintings, and official portraits also provided inspiration.
During the Victorian era, cameos were used on both brooches and rings. Usually carved out of shell but also fashioned from coral or stone, cameos were sometimes surrounded by small diamonds. Just as frequently, though, they stood alone, either framed in gold or set into a mount, whose visible prongs would hold the piece at the top, bottom, and sides.
This example features a portrait cameo of a gentleman in coral, with a twisted-gold frame. A pop of color, and a statement on the hand, this ring will make a great addition to any collection - cameo-centered or not.
Materials ad Features: 14k gold, coral
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1870
Measurements: 2.8 grams, Size 8
Condition: Excellent condition.
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