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17th Century Helen of Troy Amethyst Cameo Ring

This extraordinary 17th century cameo must have been carved from a geode specimen - it's amethyst, rose quartz, and milky quartz. We believe the cameo depicts Helen of Troy - the ruins she's leaning on is our main clue. Oversized, swiveling on an 18k mount.


  • Materials

    18k (tests), quartz cameo (must have been carved from a geode specimen - amethyst, rose quartz, milky quartz)

  • Age

    17th Century cameo, c. 1840 mounting

  • Condition

    Very good - ring mounting is a Victorian addition

  • Size

    9.25, can be resized; 1" x 3/4" head, 2.1mm shank

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RelatedHistory Lesson

cameos:Wearable Miniature Sculptures

An ancient technique of carving into a stone, gem or shell to creates a three-dimensional sculpture.