Black Onyx Chalcedony Intaglio Portrait Ring, White Gold Circa 1970's

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 Black Onyx Cameo Intaglio Ring & Chalcedony natural white carved portrait.

The top of the ring measures 22.40 x 16 mm—ring size 8.5. Metal is 10 karats white gold. Weight is 6.70 grams.

Onyx is in good condition. The ring is etched, scrolling on a wide graduated shoulder to the bottom of the shanks. Masculine style ring with a graduated shank from 12 mm - 3.75 mm

Cameos were used to commemorate personages, as in ancient days; for example, in 16th-century England, cameos were made with the head of Queen Elizabeth to celebrate the victory over the Spanish Armada. In the 18th and 19th centuries, cameos adorned such jewelry as headdresses, belts, brooches, and bracelets.

Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece, dating back to the 5th century BC.

Cameo jewelry values vary significantly depending upon the intricacy of the carving and the authenticity of the piece. High-quality, one-of-a-kind cameo can cost upwards of $10,000; however, cameo knock-offs can be pretty inexpensive.