The hand carving detail of hardstone cameos such as the one presented here is what enchanted the Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte. In fact, he was so enthralled by their beauty that he founded a school in Paris to teach the art of carving cameo to young apprentices. He even wore one of them to his own wedding!
This bezel set sardonyx cameo was created later, around 1880. It was crafted by a masterful carver who took special care in the wonderful detail of the woman's portrait, her hair and the decorative elements in her hair, the depth of the profile, the condition and the material used add to the value of a cameo. And this cameo is in perfect condition. The sardonyx is almost translucent. When the cameo is backlit, you see NO stress lines whatsoever.
The antique frame has been adorned with a circle of demi pearls featuring high luster and thick nacre. No pearls are missing. The luscious decorative pearls are well matched, measure approximately 2.8mm each, and add incredible appeal to the cameo.
Cameos are very fragile, and you should be careful when handling them. 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 for years to enjoy.
This cameo is in perfect condition. Any spots, white or cloudy marks on the photo is glare and/or photographic obstructions.
Please, let us know if you have any questions concerning this incredible piece of fine jewelry.
Size: 4.3cm x 3.5cm (1 3/4" x 1 3/8")
Material: 18K solid gold, banded agate, natural demi pearls, stamped jewelry
Period: Napoléon III, Victorian, 1880
Style, brooch, pin
Origin: France (Italy for the cameo)
Provenance: an estate sale in France
Condition: excellent estate, very gentle use
Additional remarks: stamped with the French owl assay mark to guarantee its 18 carat solid gold content
N.b.: We guarantee the authenticity of our items. Each one of them has been evaluated by our experts and checked by our competent jeweler.
Antique high relief Italian sardonyx cameo French 18K solid gold framed Fine woman profile Gold and pearls