Diana, goddess of the hunt in antique coral-cameo as ring, 1870 years and later
Since their rediscovery in the mid-18th century, the ruins of Pompeii have attracted travelers from all over Europe to Italy. Buried by lava and ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the city offers a never-before-seen intimate glimpse into everyday life in ancient Rome. The specialized gem cutters of the Bay of Naples were quick to respond to this new clientele of wealthy travelers. From shells, coral, and even the solidified lava of Mount Vesuvius, they made cameos and gems as souvenirs and mementos to commemorate the visit to the ancient cities and the trip to Italy. The present piece of jewelry comes from this long tradition in the Bay of Naples. The ring presents a carved relief of red Mediterranean coral at its center. The figural depiction shows a goddess in antique taste. It is Diana, looking majestically towards us, in Roman mythology the goddess of hunting, the moon and childbirth, but also the protector of women and girls. Artemis corresponds to her in Greek mythology. We recognize her by two typical attributes: First, her hair ornament, a small moon stuck in her curly hair, and second, the quiver full of arrows that Diana carries on her back. Presumably, the cameo in its multi-pass golden setting was originally a large earring and part of a parure of gold-set coral cameos, for in the years of its creation around 1870, large rings were rather uncommon as individually worn showpieces. Rather, coral cameos were fashionable as complete jewelry sets, consisting of a necklace, one or two bracelets, earrings, and often a matching comb or tiara. Probably in the 20th century then the coral cameo was supplemented by the ring band is thus wearable today as a ring. To have a noble protector with you, who knows about bow and arrow is sometimes not the worst thing!
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