This cameo represents The Goddess Demeter (Ceres in Latin), Goddess of Harvest, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth.
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 solid yellow bronze medallion. Reproduction of a 17th c. cameo.
The cameo is 19 mm x 17 mm with green fresh water pearl.
I make my own molds and do not use the technique of casting so each piece is individually made. Each piece is signed in the back.
14k gold filled 1.4mm thin chain length options. Gold filled has 100 times more gold. than plated thus does not rub or peel off.