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Persephone Cameo Ring



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A lovely early-20th Century Arts & Crafts ring, crafted in 14K yellow gold, featuring a very striking hardstone cameo depicting the Greek goddess Persephone. Persephone was a central figure of the Eleusinian mysteries. As the daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter, she was a formidable and venerable queen of the underworld and a goddess of vegetation. The ring is a stunning example of the artisanal handicraft typical in the United States at the turn of the last century. Note the striking geometric design on the shoulders. The top measures just over 3/4 by 3/8 inch; ring size 8 1/4. This ring has limited sizing.


14 Karat Gold
Current Ring Size:
8.25 Most rings can be resized up or down one size unless noted and sometimes more.
Center Onyx details
Cameo Cut

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