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Classical Inspiration: Antique Blue Moonstone Cameo Ring


For at least one hundred and fifty years the moonstone has taken an important role in the history of jewelry design. With the later years of the Victorian period and early ones of the Edwardian era as well as the fin de siècle came a rising interest in the carving moonstones. The blue moonstone especially inspired jewelers to new heights with its ethereal radiance and glowing colors.

Here we see an example of that inspiration in the form of a carved raised (high relief) image otherwise known as a cameo. Carved on the surface of an oval blue moonstone is a classically influenced left profile of a Greco-Roman goddess replete with headpiece in her coif. The cameo is bounded by a 14k yellow gold surround embellished with an unusual undulating pattern and set into an open work under gallery with half moon shaped piercings. A simple unadorned shank does not interfere with the ability of the true blue moonstone to come alive when worn.

Date: Circa 1910.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) in length north to south on the hand by 1/2 of an inch (1.2 cm) in width and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.5 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 3.3 grams (2.1 dwt).

Ring Size: US 6 (UK L-1/2; Int. Dia. 16.5; Euro 52.5 mm; Japan 11) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Condition: Excellent for the moonstone; evidence of ring expertly reshanked only visible with magnification.

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