This miniature carved likeness of Elizabeth I is a fine example of the cameo portraits worn by the queens courtiers as a sign of their taste, patriotism and proximity to the monarch.
Elizabeth I cameo ring by Unknown Artist, c. 1600
© Victoria & Albert Museum
- 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 Snowmans son Nicholas as a record of this friendship and of his familys long connection with the museum.
Loria collection (sold Sotheby's 1953); Desmoni collection (sold Sotheby's 1960)