An Opulent Portrait of a Lady with Roses and Pearls in Pink Queen Conch Shell-- the carving is just superb. Not only is the detail is varied and precise, the modeling and curves of her face are so elegant, so life like. She's simply beautiful!
You can see the carver's signature on the back - master carvers used a pointed stick dipped in acid to etch the shell surface with their maker's mark – only their best work was signed.
This survivor of the Gilded Age is in marvelous condition considering its age. We've seen other cameos carved from Queen Conch shell where the pink color has faded from exposure to sunlight. Besides the great color, we don't see any cracks in the shell. While many cameos were made as combination brooch/pendants, we think it was always meant to be a pendant. We don't see any evidence that this pendant was modified by removing a pin assembly.
Description: Big Pink Cameo 14K Pendant
Period & Mfg Date: Late Victorian, circa 1890 - 1900
Gem Identity: Queen Conch Shell
Shape & Cut: Oval Cameo
Cameo Measurements: ~ 62 x 46 mm
Cameo Color: Light Pink to White
Metal: electronically tested to be 14K gold.
Decoration/Polish: High Polish
Marks: None, Electronically tested to be 14K gold
Total Weight: 42.7 grams
Length/width: 68 x 52 mm
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Extra Large Signed Victorian Pink Shell Cameo 14K Gold Pendant