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Cameos have traditionally been carved from shell which is a relatively soft material that allows for some magnificent cameos to be produced, and the finest of all the cameos have been carved from much harder material from the cryptocrystalline quartz family such as sardonyx, onyx and carnelian such as in this very beautiful antique cameo that was made in Birmingham in 1899. The oval cameo is set in a very elegant 18 carat setting and depicts a young maiden playing a lyre with such a demure and feminine look to her. The detail is just wonderful and as hardstone cameos are substantially more difficult to carve than shells, this was only left to the very best carvers. The frame around the cameo measures 17.8mm by 9.7mm and the ring sits perfectly on the finger where it accentuates the hand so well. Perfect for any finger, this antique cameo ring is so elegant and refined, and typical of the gorgeous late Victorian era. Stock# ES9178 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1899 $Sold.
Here is such a beautifully hand carved antique cameo ring that looks so beautiful with gorgeous pink set into the rich yellow gold setting. Made in 18 carat yellow gold in 1917, the setting is so elegant to fully compliment the cameo and feels so smooth from the band to the bezel. Measuring 14.3mm across by 17.1mm, the cameo depicts the profile of a woman and has been so beautifully hand carved. The detail is wonderful as there is so much depth to her features that make her stand out even more. This is such an attractive antique cameo ring that looks so elegant and refined on the finger. Stock# ES8756 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1917 $Sold