Circa dating roman onyx cameo ring
Ancient cameos typically depicted rulers or scenes from mythology and were used mainly for signet rings or l’objets d’art.
Cameos as jewelry have had periodic revivals since, first during the Renaissance, and most notably during the 1800’s in France.
When Napoleon’s coronation crown was decorated with cameos, it set off a craze throughout Europe.
Hair and memorial rings were worn by both men and women.The first cameos were handcrafted in ancient Greece dating back as far as the 3rd century BC.They were popular among Greeks and Romans alike and were carved from semi-precious gemstones, usually onyx and agate, which have different layers of contrasting colors.GEORGIAN Stuart crystal ring with gold wire cipher on the inside, size 9-1/2, stone is 1/2" by 1/2".The crystal is a faceted octagon with a tiny layer of hair under the bottom and a dash of rose pink coloring.