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Vintage gold ring with carved shell cameo, Germany circa 1955

We associate gem ornaments primarily with the 19th century and the style epochs of classicism and historicism. However, the carved representations enjoyed great popularity even beyond that. The present yellow gold ring is a good example of the continuing popularity of cameos into the following century. Dating from around 1955, the ring presents a small profile portrait of carved shell at its centre. The high-oval gem depicts a youthful lady. Her luxuriantly curled hair is adorned by a silk ribbon and a tiara additionally decorates her. The gem was probably cut from shell in the Bay of Naples and set in gold in Germany. A heavy setting including a splint of warm shining yellow gold makes the gem wearable. The ring, which covers almost an entire finger limb, is a beautiful vintage piece of jewellery that still knows how to convince today - a small reminder of Italy!

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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.