A wonderful antique onyx cameo ring from the late Victorian era, c1900! The ring is crafted in 9ct gold and the colour is a charming rose hue with a soft antique gleam. The ring features an oval cameo at the centre which is carved from a black and white onyx stone, also known as agate. Hardstone cameos (such as this agate) are more difficult to carve than the shell cameos which are softer, therefore the hardstone requires more skilful craftsmanship ...and evident in this piece! The lovely detailed carving depicts a woman's head and neck with a wavy upswept bygone hairstyle. The portrait is carved into the white band of the agate, resting above a layer of black agate... displaying a striking contrast! A simple double four claw setting holds the cameo in place. The sturdy shank measures 2.50mm- 3.00mm wide, it is a soft half round profile and forms into a split shoulder design, giving extra flair to the ring. The cameo measures 14.00mm x 10.00mm and the height from the finger is 5.00mm
The ring bears early Australian stamps inside the shank; '9' in the centre denoting 9ct gold, a 'sheaf' which is the early Australian 9ct gold standard mark, and a 'flag'. The flag was the mark of Aronson & Co Jewellers of Melbourne, Australia - Aronson & Co was a prominent manufacturing jeweller throughout the first quarter of the 20th century. Other stamps 'X1 4' alongside are possibly production stamps, although difficult to decipher.
A wonderful example of early Australian cameo jewellery. Perhaps for the cameo admirer!