Circa 1880, this 14K yellow gold cameo ring offers a superb hard stone carving of the Greek goddess Hera. She is going to love this one! It combines the beauty and grace of antiquity with modern day scale that will never go unnoticed. Isn't that what all women love?
This is a rectangular carving, in a shape and size that was move often reserved for a gentleman's ring in this late 19th century period. WIth its sturdy 14K yellow gold ring mount in its original size 6.5 US, this makes for a spectacular lady's ring today, and could be sized up slightly for a gentleman.
The stone is a greenish black chalcedony with an opaque earthy black hue (similar to black lava) which exhibits a lovely greenish iridescence in brighter light. Beautifully executed, the stone itself is slightly concave in shape, following the natural lines of the finger. The carving is a left facing depiction of the goddess Hera, and is quite detailed. The carving is crisp, without smoothing or chips or cracks. The stone's shimmery translucence adds tremendously to the enjoyment of the cameo's beauty. The allure of its most enchanting sheen is difficult to capture in a still photo as the stone's playfulness only comes alive on the hand. I myself never tire of looking at it. Antique jewelry can indeed be fun to wear.
The cameo is set in a sturdy 14K yellow gold mount, with its smoothly finished bezel measuring 16.3x12mm. The stone is backed in a solid gold sheet that was formed to follow the curve of the stone and finger. The sturdy shoulders measure 13.5mm at the bezel, with three pierced triangles, points down, at the juncture of the bezel and shoulders. Each side is also embellished with enameled engraving. The shank graduates down to 4mm, again more in line with a gentleman's ring but perfect for today's modern woman. The band is hallmarked "14K"
Cameo depictions of Hera have eternally been very popular with both carvers and collectors as she was the Greek goddess of women, marriage, family, and childbirth. Wife of Zeus and the reigning Queen of Mount Olympus. Hera was one of the oldest deities, even older than Zeus, harkening back to a time when the creative force of life was first conceived of as a nurturing woman. She is always depicted with her signature diadem and sometimes will have a bird at her shoulder, symbolic of her transformation into a bird at times, much like Zeus' eagle.
The craftsmanship of this ring is superb. Its condition is remarkably pristine, a quite difficult feat for a ring of 140 years of age. The points down triangles are symbolic of the divine power of the female. Often referred to as a chalice, the points down triangle represents the natural flow of water, heaven's grace and the womb, the perfect ode to the graces of Hera.
The earthy tones of this cameo make it easy to mix and match with a variety of jewelry. We love it paired with lava cameos, some even set in 800 silver. It really just blends with everything, all types of jewelry, not just cameos. The extraordinary details look spectacular on the hand.
We LOVE this ring and it will make a great gift for any occasion. Or, treat yourself. You will love the way that it feels on the finger and the entertaining manner in which the light dances across the stone cameo.
The ring will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy stone cameo care instructions. Stone was the original medium for cameo carvings, long before shells. Stone cameos require minimal care and won't dry out like shells or coral.