An exquisitely carved coral cameo set in a minimal gold mounting. The cameo likely predates the setting and it seems very possible that it might have been salvaged from a larger piece. The lozenge-shaped cameo depicts a bearded man in three quarter profile - A philosopher? A prophet? A deity from the Roman pantheon of gods?
10k gold (tests), coral
c. 1820 cameo, newer mounting
6.25, can be resized; 3/4" x 3/8" head, 2.3mm shank
1837 — 1901
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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.
Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.