RING WITH RENAISSANCE CAMEO
Probably Northern Italy, cameo late 16th-early 17th century; ring: second half 18th century
Gold, sardonyx cameo (layered orange and translucent white)
Weight 3.8 gr.; circumference 53.82 mm.; US size 6.75; UK size N ½
During the Age of Enlightenment in Europe there was a renewed interest in the Classical World. In part, this was rekindled through the excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy which began between 1738 and 1748. This epoch represents the beginning of the science of modern archaeology and also a period when great royal collections of cameos and intaglios were formed.
The ring is unusual for its skillfully and deeply carved stone preserved in excellent condition. Ring made of rose gold with wide hoop, plain on the interior and rounded on the exterior with accompanying profiled edges. The hoop gradually widens towards the ends which support the oval bezel formed like a frame in which a sardonyx cameo is open set to enhance the translucency of the stone. The bust of a woman in three-quarter profile and bas-relief facing to the right is shown wearing a mantle with exposed right shoulder. Her curly hair is tied back and falls behind her neck.