This large and heavy cameo is made out of sardonix shell, and framed in enamel, pearls and 18K solid gold*.
Sardonyx shells are the most rare and valuable because they grow at a very slow rate, and therefore the are not found in abundance. They are prized for their color pigmentation and provide a striking contrast between pure white and deep chocolate layers.
This almost translucent sardonyx is in perfect condition. When cameo is backlit,you cannot see any stress lines whatsoever! It has been hand carved by a master carver who has been trained for many years to carve specific aspects of the profile (nose, hair, etc.). It is of heirloom quality, and can be passed on to generations. It is a unique piece of fine jewelry, depicting a woman profile with an aquiline Roman nose and curly hair gently pulled back in a bun. The cameo is framed with cultured pearls with high luster and excellent nacre. The pearls are set in a festoon row of 18K solid gold and decorated with a thin enamel line. There is a very small chip off the enamel (please see photos, by the woman's forehead). But it does not detract from the aesthetics of the cameo. For this is a serious piece of jewelry.
The cameo is in in excellent condition, showing NO stress lines.
Keep it in a dry place in a soft cloth, never leave it to soak. Keep it away from bright lights and heat. Be gentle with it, and it will be there for you to enjoy for years to come.
Size: 4.8cm x 3.8 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/2 ")
Material: sardonyx shell, 18K solid gold, cultured pearls, enamel
Period: Ca. 1890s, Victorian era.
Provenance: An estate in France
Condition: excellent (please, read description)
Additional remarks: Stamped to guarantee its 18K solid gold and authenticity.
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Fabulous Italian cameo brooch with 18K solid gold Pearl Enamel frame Stamped Circa 1890s
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