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Vintage Intaglio Of Ceres In Citrine With Diamonds & Gold, Wellendorf Circa 2000

The art of stone carving has been the supreme discipline in jewellery design since antiquity. The emperors of antiquity had their effigies cut into hard stone and gave these cameos and intaglios as precious gifts. Cameos were used as signet rings, and in the Middle Ages they adorned the vessels of relics. Then in the early modern period, effigies and scenes cut in stone celebrated the great families of Italy such as the Medici and even Queen Victoria had her effigy cut in agate and gave it away at her court. This great tradition lives on to this day, and a charming testament to it is here. The pendant, made of high karat gold and diamonds, sets a citrine into which the image of a goddess is cut from the reverse side. Lightly dressed, with flowing hair, she presents a bouquet of ears of corn. Her skin shimmers velvety, the volumes of the image are finely stepped and breathe a memory of Art Deco. A scarf wraps around her left with the ears of corn and then falls in gentle waves over her lap. The depiction probably shows the ancient goddess Ceres, to whom the Greek Demeter corresponds. The goddess was worshipped as the goddess of fertility and marriage. Likewise, she was responsible for just legislation. In the modification of Abbondanza, she also represented the abundance and richness of the harvest: A magnificent statue depicts the goddess in the Giardino del Boboli in Florence, for example. The pendant is a creation of the Wellendorf manufactory. The workmanship is of the usual high quality and perfect, as a special highlight, the pendant can be opened and thus the intaglio can also be viewed from behind. For this purpose, a magnifying glass is included with the pendant! The pendant is created in recent years and perfectly preserved, also thanks to the high-quality case in which it is delivered.

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