Art Deco delight abounds in this lovely 14K White Gold Shell Cameo. Fitted with both a brooch pin and pendant bail, it is ready to be worn upon arrival.
This oval cameo is carved from brilliant carnelian shell and custom set in a 14K white gold bezel with an octagonal filigree surround. The carving depicts a 'modern day' depiction of the Roman goddess Flora (Greek Chloris), a perennial favorite of both carvers and collectors. This gives Flora beautiful yet strong profile, with her face carved with the utmost precision. As well, the bounty of rose blossoms in her hair are spectacular. A spring blossom variety adorns her shoulder, and she is clothed in a draping gown. Her neckline is strong with the slimmer lines that appeared in carvings after the early 20th century.
The white setting measures just under 1-5/8" by 1-1/4" and the cameo itself measures 1-3/8" by 1-1/16". The outer surround design features eight sides with heart shaped filigree wire that is accented with oak leaves at each corner. There is a brooch pin with locking clasp, hallmarked "14K", as well as a hinged pendant bail. The cameo weighs 7.1 grams.
All is in excellent condition with the cameo shell supple and without chips or cracks. The carving details are crisp and without wear related smoothing. When candled to the light, internal striations can be seen within the shell. These are not cracks or evidence of dryness, rather naturally occurring growth plates. These lines are not visible with the naked eye, but they do show up in our magnified photos.
The white gold frame is in excellent condition and without bends, tears or damage. We do not see any brittle points, which sometimes occurred in these early white gold settings. When closely examined, you will see that the frame's geometric lines show slight human frailty with opposing lines not completely parallel. This is an early white gold era setting and white gold was more challenging to work than its yellow counterpart. (Even with slightly modernized recipe, white gold is stiffer to work). Many of these old white gold settings with geometric lines reflect this human touch, which is actually heart warming.
This is a splendid cameo in beautiful condition. All cameo collections should include a carving with a 14K white gold geometric setting. This beauty will make a great gift for any occasion, or treat yourself.
It will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy cameo care instructions.
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