Elizabeth I cameo ring by Unknown Artist

This miniature carved likeness of Elizabeth I is a fine example of the cameo portraits worn by the queen’s courtiers as a sign of their taste, patriotism and proximity to the monarch.


gold, onyx, enamel
2.4 x 2.2 x 1.6cm
Acquired in:

Its handsome setting on an enamelled gold band is a rare survival. The ring was bought by Kenneth Snowman in 1960 and placed on loan to the V&A in 1975, soon after his friend Roy Strong became director. The ring is now presented to the V&A by Snowman’s son Nicholas as a record of this friendship and of his family’s long connection with the museum.


Loria collection (sold Sotheby's 1953); Desmoni collection (sold Sotheby's 1960)

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

Entry details

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