Mid-Victorian Agate Cameo Natural Pearl Taille de Epergne Enameled 10K Gold Set of Necklace and Earrings
Period & Mfg Date: Mid Victorian, circa 1870 - 1880
Condition: Very Good
Gem Identity: Banded Agate Cameos, Natural Pearls
Cameo Shape: Necklace, oval ~11 x 9 mm, Earrings, rectangle, ~ 9 x 6.6 mm
Cameo Color: White on Black
Metal: Tests to be ~10K, no quality marks
Decoration/Polish: Hand Engraving with Taille de Epergne enamel
Total Weight: Necklace weighs ~21.6 grams, Earrings weigh ~ 5.7 grams
Length: Necklace is ~17 inches.
Additional Comments: This wonderful set has all the features you'd want to see in Victorian jewelry.
The necklace has a dramatic shape, the warm color of the 10K rose gold, a hardstone agate cameo, natural pearls, beautiful hand engraving with striking Taille de Epergne black enamel, and of course, the tassel.
The earrings have matching agate cameos, properly facing left and right so they'll always be looking forward when worn. They are similarly decorated with crisp hand engraving and taille de epergne enamel, and each earring is hinged into 3 parts so they will swing freely when worn.
Taille de epergne is a type of champleve enamel where opaque enamels, usually black, are fired into engraved lines, often serving as an outline of the design.
Hardstone cameos are most often carved from banded agate so that the carved figure is a light color that contrasts with the dark base layer. This set is black and white agate, others can be brown and white or orangey pink and white. Hardstone cameos are more expensive than cameos carved from shell because the carving is so difficult and time consuming. As such, hardstone cameos are more rare than shell cameos and are very collectible.
Both items have minor areas of enamel missing and the necklace cameo has minuscule chip on nose of necklace cameo that you'll only notice with a 10X loupe, and two end beads are missing from the tassel (can be restored).
Mid-Victorian Agate Cameo Natural Pearl Taille de Epergne Enamel 10K Gold Necklace Earrings