Guided by goddesses

Pretty antique coral cameos in gold as earrings, around 1870

Two busts of ladies are cut in red coral from the Mediterranean. Both look sideways in pretty plasticity with slightly tilted heads, flowers adorn their hair: they are ancient goddesses set in gold here. Multifoil frames of fine gold, surrounded with gold wire frame their little heads, restrained bows of gold turn the portraits into earrings. The Roman heaven of the gods of antiquity knew deities for every conceivable concern and with the most diverse responsibilities. The goddess Flora - young, beautiful and graceful - was the goddess of spring, flowers and crops. Artists depicted Flora in a manner similar to a Greek springtime glory, as a blooming maiden adorned with flowers - and this is precisely the form in which we encounter her here. Coral cameos probably originated in Italy, where jewellery made of coral and carved cameos of high quality were made for the Italian travelers of the time. The Italian coral pair here may have been carved in the Bay of Naples, but set in England. We discovered the pair in London! Created around 1870, it is now, some 150 years after its creation, waiting for a new wearer who would like to be accompanied by the goddesses of youth.

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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.