Cameos have a storied history that dates as far back as the Roman Empire.
A cameo is typically created by carving a high (or positive) relief image into stone, glass, or as in the case of this piece, coral.
This antique cameo brooch is an exquisite example. It features an elegant female profile (a classic motif in cameo making).
This image is typically called the "anonymous Victorian woman."
The upswept hair would indicate this came from the late Victorian era.
The figure is rendered in incredible detail; the fine tendrils of her hair, the pleats in her blouse and even the petals of her corsage are highly-dimensional.
As you can see, the relief carving is white in color with light hues of fleshy-pink while the background is a demure shade of peachy coral.
The finished cameo is set into a frame made from brilliant sterling silver.
The silver has been professionally tested to ensure its purity.
Masterfully etched ornamentation gives the silver frame a lovely texture and depth.
A simple roll over safety clasp on the reverse of the brooch makes it easy to wear or display.
Only the reverse of the silver shows the tiniest bit of wear.
Overall, the brooch remains in spectacular antique condition.
Measurements: Brooch measures 1" tall, 7/8" wide and approx. ½" deep Cameo measures ¾" tall and 5/8" wide Weight: 3.2 grams (0.11 oz)
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