Gorgeous antique French 14k gold hard stone sardonyx cameo ring. It is very hard to find a genuinely old cameo of good quality, most are very ordinary with poorly carved tourist quality cameos. Not this beauty. This is a very substantial weighty old ring. The cameo is very delicately carved and depicts a beautiful lady playing her lyre. Shell cameos were quite plentiful, but hard stone cameos such as these were much more expensive, time consuming and the quality of carving had to be fine. The setting is equally lovely. It is handmade in a basket style with a cut work design. The simple bezel setting showcases the cameo. The basket setting is sculpted to sit on the finger perfectly. The ring top including bezel measures 1" north to south and 5/8" east to west. It weighs 7.8 grams and is a size 7 1/2. Easily sized by a competent jeweller. If you have been searching for a top quality exceptional cameo this is it! Layaway is available.
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