Gold filigree and beaded ring, the broad hoop supporting the square bezel set with an amethyst cameo bust of the Virgin Mary, veiled, hands raised in prayer, inscribed in Greek letters MR OY. (Mary Mother of God), facing front. The back is incised with a cross and the Greek letters IC XC (Jesus Christ) to each side of the upright. C. 1100.
3 million gather to see the Belt of the Mother of God, for the first time removed from Mount Athos and brought to Russia. The belt, woven from camel wool, came in possession of Apostle St Thomas after Mary's death and Assumption, and throughout history has cured diseases and infertility. (link)
Shell cameo, mid 19th century. Inspired by Guido Reni's paintings of this subject which shows Christ being presented to the people, crowned with thorns and wearing a purple robe. The crowd instead of taking pity on Him, screamed "Crucify Him" after the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate said "Ecce Homo" or Behold the Man. The expression on the face of Christ is one of extreme suffering mingled with compassion for his persecutors... Diana Scarisbrick