RARE ESTATE ANTIQUE 14K ROSE AND YELLOW GOLD ANGLE SKIN PINK CARVED CORAL RING CAMEO VICTORIAN EDWARDIAN MOVABLE SEA PEARLS WITH A FLORAL ART NOUVEAU LEAF HOLDING THE RING FROM THE SHANK. A classic beauty is captured in pretty pink coral in this very lovely early-twentieth century jewel, artfully hand-fabricated in two-tone (yellow and rose) gold. 1 inch long, currently ring size 6 1/2. Natural sea pearls on a movable slide a heavenly oval angel skin coral cabochon is held by bezel setting.Throughout history, persons of royalty have set the tone for jewelry fashion. It is said that Queen Elizabeth loved to wear cameos and it is noted that Catherine the Great had a very impressive collection of them. And, the cameo survived the whims of changing fashion during the Nineteenth Century in England. Since Queen Victoria favoured cameos, the cameo was quite popular during and since her reign. They were popular as pins and pendants usually worn on a black velvet ribbon or even sometimes-pastel satin ribbons. And interestingly, the intaglio, which was a piece carved below the surface, came before the cameo. In ancient times, the intaglio was used to seal papers or to mark property.
Later on, it became a jewelry item worn by women. The cameo is the opposite of the intaglio. It is a portrait or scene carved in relief with a contrasting colored background. In the Nineteenth Century, skilled artisans utilized gemstones, stone, shell, lava, coral and manmade materials to produce cameos.
Italian carvers began using shell for their creations around 1805. ByJewelry of the 19th Century - Beautiful Cameos...
The Victorian Era, shell had become appreciated as a medium that was easily carved and inexpensive. Unlike carved gems, the shell cameo was less formal and was worn during the day. Stone cameos came from agate, onyx or sardonyx. These materials offered many colorful layers for carvers to utilize. Coral has been valued and used for jewelry fabrication and decoration since the earliest history of man.
It was used as a form of currency along with amber by Paleolithic man and pieces of Mediterranean coral have been found in the Neolithic city of Catal Huyuk, Central Anatolia that date to 8,000 years BCE. In ancient Egypt coral jewels were popular during the times of Ptolemy, over 2000 years ago. Coral was traded across the ancient and modern world via established trade routes to Italy, where the major workshops were located, and then to Central Europe, Siberia and the Celtic countries, while other types of coral traveled from the Indian Ocean across Asia to Tibet and Mongolia. The Victorians adored coral, carving it into delicate roses and cameos and since the late 1800's, American Indians have incorporated red coral into many of their jewelry designs. Today coral is equally prized in jewelry making, while live corals and products such as coral rock have become increasingly popular in the marine aquarium trade.
Since ancient times coral was believed to cure madness, give wisdom, prevent sterility, calm storms, promote positive forms of social activity and provide protection against plague and pestilence. It was also thought to enable travelers to cross rivers safely. Red coral symbolizes attachment and devotion. Amongst tribal cultures past and present it is universally believed to ward off the evil eye and bad luck, and it is still common for children and young women to wear coral necklaces for protection. In Vedic astrology red coral is associated with the planet Mars.
The item "RARE ESTATE ANTIQUE 14K GOLD CORAL RING CAMEO VICTORIAN EDWARDIAN SEA PEARLS" is in sale since Saturday, February 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.