The cameo represents Demeter (Ceres in Roman), the goddess of Harvest and Fertility of the Earth. She presided also over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death.
Demeter's virgin daughter Persephone was abducted to the underworld by Hades. Demeter searched for her ceaselessly, preoccupied with her loss and her grief. The seasons halted; living things ceased their growth, then began to die. Faced with the extinction of all life on earth, Zeus sent his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring Persephone back.
Hades agreed to release her, but gave her a pomegranate. When she ate the pomegranate seeds, she was bound to him for one third of the year, either the dry Mediterranean summer, when plant life is threatened by drought, or the autumn and winter.
Handmade bronze cameo reproductions. I made my own mold from a 17th c. cameo.
Each piece is individually made and signed in the back.
Soldered eyelet on top.
Green fresh water pearls.
The earrings are about 1" 1/4.
14k gold filled ear wire. Gold filled has 100 times more gold than plated so does not rub or peel off.