This rare 14K yellow gold hexagon shaped cameo is a sweet treat.
This is a nicely sized shell cameo set in a six sided 14K yellow gold bezel that measures just over 1-5/8" tall by 1-3/8" wide (42x35mm). The carving is a depiction of the Roman goddess Flora, carved from carnelian shell (Cassis Rufus). The bezel frame features both a notched wire and twisted wire surround. There is a brooch pin with locking clasp and also a fold down bail for wear as a pendant. The frame is hallmarked "14K" and the cameo weighs 10.3 grams.
We estimate age to be approximately 1930. This cameo was expertly cut and carved and has been very well preserved. The shell is supple and the carving details are crisp and without smoothing. The carver has blessed Flora with wavy locks and spiraling tendrils. Her facial features are classic Roman and she has a strong neckline symbolic of her powers. A rose corsage accents her traditional draped gown.
All is in excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks in the cameo. When candled to the light, there are no internal growth plates in the shell. The gold frame is in superb condition and without tears or dents. The brooch pin, hinge and clasp are all in good order as is the fold down pendant bail. The backside of the shell has natural surface variations that appear to be dried on glue at first glance. This area is not rough not is it peeling or damaged. The condition of this cameo is absolutely impeccable and a perfect selection for a gift.
Flora was the goddess of Spring and hand maiden to the Goddesses of the Earth and Atmosphere. She blesses the land with color, fragrance and beauty. Courted by Bacchus she embodies fertility, abundance, health, beauty and generosity. This goddess is a favorite among carvers and collectors alike. She is always portrayed with great beauty and delightful femininity.
We love the hexagonal shape of this cameo, which is hard to find in yellow gold. (Not "everyone" went over to the "white gold" side). This is a beauty.
This beauty will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy cameo care instructions.