Granulated ring in Argentium silver, with a Victorian flower cameo. Paul gathered a nice collection of these Victorian flower cameos many years ago, and recently offered them to me to work with.
This little cameo is in a warm orange-brown and white layered onyx, and it depicts a primrose. In the flower language of Victorian times, the primrose symbolized the optimism and all-consuming nature of young love, and to give one meant “I can’t live without you!”
This primrose is framed in delicate granulation work, in which each tiny sphere is placed individually, and then fused in place using only heat. It’s on a textured band with a scrollwork pattern that reminds me of fine leatherwork or luxurious fabric, framed by wire borders to add sparkle.