A 19th century 'lava' cameo bracelet. Composed of eight white metal oval plaques set with 'lava' cameos of female busts in varying muted colours. The plaques joined with white metal chains and a snap tongue clasp. Italian, circa 1865. Measurements, total length of bracelet 7 1/2" ( 19 cm ). Measurement of plaque, 7/8" ( 2.2 cm ) by 3/4" ( 1.9 cm ). Condition, Very Good, some very small nibbles to the truncations ( the bottom of the neck ) of a couple of the cameos. One of the cameos ( the second one from the clasp tongue with the larger setting ) has a crack that runs behind the female bust which has been glued and is secure. 'Lava' cameo jewellery made from fine limestone native to Southern Italy in a palette of muted greys, greens & browns etc was in vogue in the mid nineteenth century and often bought as souvenirs by people traveling in Italy. For a discussion of this type of jewellery see, Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria, British Museum Press, page 493 .
Item ID: 1224
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