For fun-loving ladies

Magnificent layered agate Cameo as Brooch & Pendant, Historism circa 1875

This cameo was created around 1875 from cut layered agate stone in its reddish gold setting. A wreath of shimmering natural pearls surrounds the high-quality stone cut and four diamond roses set glittering points of light. Delicate scrollwork and fine gold beads finish off the magnificent work on the outside. A pin on the back and a retractable eyelet allow the piece of jewellery to be worn both as a brooch and as a pendant. A figure from Greek mythology is depicted. Recognizable by the vine leaves and the vines in her magnificent hair, it is a representation of Ariadne, the wife of the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. The image of Dionysus, who was famous and infamous for his raucous feasts, is strongly influenced in Western art history by the form that the cult, which was Greek in origin, took with the Romans. These "bacchanalia" developed in the early 2nd century BC into excessive revelries accompanied by dances and orgies, often held in secret. In later centuries, followers of the god of wine and his wife Ariadne became synonymous with celebrating fun-loving people, but especially with lovers of good wine. Thus, this wonderful cameo is particularly suitable to be a gift for a lady who is not averse to the pleasures of life!

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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.