A fabulous antique Etruscan Revival ring with a wonderful hand carved sardonyx cameo c1860-80s.
The layered black stone has natural bands of different colors, it makes perfect material for cameos. This one is unusual as the carved layer has a soft pink that looks like angelskin coral on a black background.
The detailed cameo is expertly carved with great detail, clean, crisp lines and high relief, the raised figure is shades of pink and the background is shiny black.
Fabulous detail with high relief, the workmanship is very precise on both the carving and the fabulous Etruscan Revival setting.
The ornate 18k yellow gold rectangular box setting is lavishly embellished with very fine twisted wire patterns and gold beads.
The 14k domed shank has a lovely floral pattern with millegrain edges.
Ring size 6, the setting measures .75" by 5/8" by .25", the cameo measures 23mm by 9mm, the shank is 2+mm, total weight is 5.7 grams.
Excellent condition, no damage and minimal wear, white spots on the cameo are glare from the flash.
Unmarked, the cameo setting tested 18k with acid, the shank tested 14k. This ring is perhaps a marriage of pieces as the setting and the shank are different gold standards. If that is the case, it was very well done and the ring is quite incredible as shown.
A fine example of an antique hard stone cameo ring.
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