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Eighteenth century cameo fragment set in high carat gold. All ca. 1790 Grand Tour.
As the eighteenth century tourist waded through the marble fragments of archaeological sites of ancient Rome, nothing would be more appropriate to evoke the spirit of ancient times than a small memento like a gold ring with a fragment. Every year Christie’s have an auction of Grand Tour objects and artifacts and amongst the perfect mosaics, Roman bronzes, marble statues etc, there are also broken marbles, and “ruined” parts of the Foro Romano in various fine marbles. They were made as fragments. I have one.
This cameo was never a “perfect” stone but was made as it is. Even the three Greek letters that appear at the bottom is there to add to the illusion.
Size of bezel: 31 x 22 mm Ring size :”S” = US”9″+1/4