There's nothing like a marcasite lady that sparkles with every move you make, be it by candlelight or sunlight. Shimmering marcasites make perfect partners for shell cameos as they light up the cameo like a brilliant diamond halo. And this Mid Century cameo brooch pendant is no exception.
The cameo is carved from carnelian shell (Cassis Rufa) and offers a depiction of a chic 1950's diva with a sassy cropped hair cut and a splendid jeweled hair comb. We love the Mid Century vibe going on here and you will, too.
The carver incorporated a triple layer carving effect to leave a hint of red in her remarkably sexy hair. This lovely lady was also given an alluring European profile with a nose as perfect as a princess. Her drop earrings and (likely) coral bead necklace add elegance to her draped gown.
The cameo is set in a 925 Sterling Silver frame with 20 marcasite accents. This frame is a standard Italian notched design that was widely used from the Victorian Period through the 1950's. The cameo is securely set with four prongs on both front and back sides. The entire frame measures 45mm tall (just over 1-3/4") by 35mm wide (1-3/8"). It is fitted with both locking brooch pin and hide away pendant bail. This brooch pendant weighs 9.6 grams.
The cameo is supple and without flaking, chips or cracks. The carving is crisp and without age/wear related smoothing. When candled to the light under magnification, we see a handful of faint internal lines just above her hair. These are not visible in normal light or with the naked eye, nor are they visible from the back when magnified. These lines are internal, and inherent to shell growth patterns.
The setting is in excellent, original condition with no missing marcasites and no evidence of repairs. We just love these beautiful "marcasite ladies" and the allure of their divine sparkle. All of our cameos come professionally cleaned and ready to wear upon arrival.
This cameo will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy came care instructions.
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