Carved Shell Cameo Ring
This original item has been sold.
The ancient technique of carving cameos from shell was repopularized in the Early Victorian era. Shell cameos were more commonly worn as everyday pieces of jewelry, as shells were more prevalent. Not all shells can be used for cameos; in fact only 6 types of shell can be effectively used, despite the varying types. However, finding the right shell, one without flaws or cracks, could occasionally be difficult. A cameo artist would hand carve the shell, frequently leaving the darker background of the shell to contrast with the lighter more delicate foreground.
10K Yellow gold Victorian carved shell cameo ring
Ring size 5