Roman Soldier Cameo
Antique black agate cameo carving of a Roman Commender's profile. Masterly manipulating the contrasting colors of the agate stone, the cameo exhibit a white profile on a black background. Set in 14K yellow gold with a very elaborate setting.
Could be worn as a brooch.
Material: Black Agate Cameo
Metal: 14K Yellow Gold
Besides carving into a shell, the agate stone is also popular for carving cameos. Agate is micro-crystalline quartz. It is popular because of its durability, compared to the conch shell. Ancient Greek and Roman jewelers carved cameos out of agate, while the Italians were known for their shell cameos. The oldest agate cameo found dates back to around 200 B.C. Although agate gemstones come in a variety of colors, blue is the most popular. Carving the white into the different layers allows for interesting shadows to enhance features of the image.