O mighty Hercules!
Impressive Hercules cameo in coral, set in gold, Italy circa 1890
For centuries, the possession of cameos was the claim of almost all great collections, from the Green Vault in Dresden to the treasury of Rudolf II and large private collections such as that of Baron von Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of ancient sealstones and cameos, which were able to represent the ancient imagery of glyptic almost in its entirety. We are very pleased to present in this offering a gold ring setting with a fine cameo in coral. Cut in a Mediterranean coral of natural color, we see a wonderful representation of the ancient hero Hercules. Famous for his strength, the demigod, depicted in our cameo with his typical powerful full beard, is a legendary hero of ancient Greece. Hercules (Greek: Heracles) is the subject of numerous stories that illustrate his wisdom and strength, making him one of the most important figures in ancient mythology. Homer describes him in both the Odyssey and the Illiad and recounts his deeds. The present jewellery sets the cameo in a ring of the 1890s, the cameo itself will have been cut perhaps in the earlier 19th century. A rare and exquisite piece of jewellery with a finely engraved cameo of genuine coral. What could go wrong with Hercules as a faithful companion?
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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.