This antique piece was likely crafted sometime during the late Victorian design period or into the early twentieth century (1900-1920). Cameos and intaglios (images carved into stone) have been around for a long time, even since ancient civilization. During this particular time period cameos were carved from a whole range of materials; coral, agate, helmet shell, and sometimes even volcanic lava rock. When this cameo was crafted, and still today, cameos were almost exclusively hand carved in Italy. Bringing back a handcrafted cameo from a trip to Italy was the ultimate status symbol because international travel was very expensive. This particular piece was most likely hand carved in Italy and the cameo presents the side profile of a young woman. The diamond accent was most likely added sometime during the Mid Century design period. This was a popular thing to do with inherited or unworn cameos at the time. The Mid Century design period saw renewed interest into Victorian jewelry and design and the resulting style is referred to as “Victorian Revival”. The setting is 10k gold and features minimal details. This ring is currently a size 5 & 1/2.