A god from Hellenistic times

An antique Hellenistic Hermes cameo in a modern gold ring

The Greek god Hermes had many roles and responsibilities in classical antiquity. As messenger of the gods, he not only brought news, but also dreams at night. As the patron saint of travellers and merchants, especially art dealers, Hermes is also a welcome guest at Hofer Antique Jewellery. Many thousands of times Hermes has been depicted in the history of art. Probably the most famous portrait of post-antiquity was created by Giambologna around 1580 with his bronze statue of Hermes in Florence. This carnelian intaglio of the first century B.C. shows Hermes in a moving posture. In his arms he holds the caduceus, the magical golden staff of Hermes, his attribute and sign of recognition. As a further attribute he also wears his travelling hat, which according to legend was made from the shell of a turtle. The dark red, approximately 2200 year old stone carving is held in place by a hand-forged setting of yellow gold, which was added to the ancient stone by a goldsmith in the middle of the 20th century. Elegant and of high quality, this excellently preserved Hellenistic gemstone in a solid gold setting is a great piece of jewelry that can be a sensual and always meaningful companion with the patron god Hermes.

For centuries, the possession of antique cameos and gems was the claim of almost all great collections and chambers of curiosities, from the Green Vault in Dresden and the treasury of Rudolf II to large private collections such as that of Baron von Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of antique sealstones and gems, which sought to represent the antique imagery of glyptic in its entirety, as they were also an expression of a humanistic education. Of particular importance for the transmission of stone and shell carvings north of the Alps have always been travellers to Italy, who brought home impressions and carved stones as well as engraved shells from their educational journeys in order to enjoy the stories that the shells could tell.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


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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.

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