Representations carved in stone have a long history. From Roman busts to Victorian cameos, images in stone capture people loved and lost. Cameos, in particular, are garments that remind us of loved ones or pay homage to legendary figures and great leaders. Since it has been created since ancient times, it can be made from many materials.
A unique example from the 1st century, found in the hand of a woman in a Roman tomb, is made of gold and crystal. But instead of being engraved on the outside of the stone, an incredibly lifelike depiction of the deceased woman's son is carved into the back of the stone, creating a "hologram" of the life lost. The ring belonged to Aebutia Quarta, the wife of a Roman noblewoman. His tomb is called the Hypogeum of the Garland. Found in 2000 at the site of Grottaferrata in Italy, it also included the remains of his son, Carvilius Gemellus.
Both groups of remains were covered with wreaths of flowers, hence the tomb's name. The boy discovered it before his mother died when he was 18 years old. His body was surprisingly well preserved, suggesting he died of trauma or poisoning. A gold and quartz ring was found on the mother's finger, worthy of her happy relationship. Currently, the ring is kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Palestrina in Italy.
Featuring a gold pendant with a crystal cabochon, the holographic face of Ebutia's son, buried nearby, seemed to glow. Unlike traditional cameos, which are carved in bas-relief, the image is sculpted in volume on the back of the stone, creating a realistic 3D illusion. This sign seems to have been created by a mother after the death of her son to remember her loved one before her death and as a symbol of her grief. Today, rings are a symbol of craftsmanship, heartbreak and love.