Sublime world of gods

Agate gem of the goddess Flora set in gold, around 1890 and later

Gem jewellery was particularly popular in the last decades of the 19th century. Almost every lady had carved pieces of jewellery depicting mythological motifs from antiquity. The great figures of history were loved, and so many philosophers and emperors, but also goddesses and poets can be found on the rings and brooches of this generation. The present brooch also presents such a cameo in lagenstein. Unlike cameos in shell, these stone carvings are extremely difficult to produce and require great craftsmanship due to the hard material. Idar-Oberstein specialized in this type of work in the late 19th century and produced a large number of beautiful cameos and gemstones that were exported worldwide. Cut from reddish-white lagestone agate, the work depicts the goddess of youth and spring, Flora, in richly detailed sculptural cut. The goddess is clothed in antique garb and rendered in profile; we recognize her by the characteristic floral decoration in her hair. A simple setting in gold, added in the 20th century, makes the antique stone cut wearable as a brooch. A wonderful piece of jewellery and a finely crafted lapidary work with a truly divine motif!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.