This perfect sardonyx cameo was crafted by an Italian Master carver with amazing details and high relief. The portrait features a woman profile turned right and showing wonderful details . Notice how the decorative elements in her hair and the folds of the fabric in her dress emphasize the beauty of her face. Carving in a harstone, such as sardonyx and agate, is much more difficult than carving in the softer, more common, shell. This explains, in part, the higher cost of hardstone cameos.
Sardonyx, just like agate, is a variety of chalcedony stone, a gemstone used as the birthstone for August. It is believed to have healing properties and is reputed to boost your creativity and your confidence.
This thick and heavy cameo is in perfect condition. It is as if it had never been out of the box where, undoubtedly, it was placed over the years. It is a museum quality piece. The pendant is heavy and the 18K solid gold frame is flawless. The cameo itself shows no chips nor scratches. When it is back lit, you see NO stress lines whatsoever. In fact, this cameo is museum quality.
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.
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Size: 4.8cm x 3.3cm (1 3/4" x 1 1/4")
Material: hardstone sardonyx, 18K solid gold
Period: Victorian, Napoleon III, 1890's
Origin: Italy and France
Provenance: an estate sale in Paris, France
Condition: perfect estate
Additional remarks: stamped with the owl assay mark
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Outstanding antique Italian hardstone cameo in 18K solid gold French frame Stamped high relief sardonyx cameo