Antique Carnelian Shell Cameo Ring In 10K Gold Setting
The most popular cameos today are carved in sea shells, a tradition that began in the fifteenth or sixteenth century and was popularized by Queen Victoria of England. Since that time, cameos have predominately showcased women’s profiles, and been worn by women who enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of hand-carved cameos. The carnelian shell is the shell most frequently used for cameo carving. In color, carnelian shells are a low-intensity peach or orange color, offering contrast between foreground and background colors. This ring is a fine example of high-relief carnelian shell carving. Cameo history from Anna M. Miller's Book, Cameos Old and New.
This antique, late Victorian Era, cameo is set into a beautifully designed 10K gold mount. The fineness of detailing speaks to the quality of the ring.
This ring is a size 5.75 (5 3/4). It measures 17mm x 14mm.
We employ a conservation approach to the cleaning of any estate piece. Where there is a natural patina from age, we do not disturb the patina. If you would prefer to restore this cameo to its original lustrous white, that can be accomplished by light cleaning with a damp cloth and mild detergent, taking care to remove any detergent residue when done with cleaning.