For the "Diana" in your life, be it of name or spirit.....a timeless cameo featuring the most beautiful and glorious Diana, Goddess of the hunt.
This strong Roman Goddess was known as Artemis to the Greeks. She was a nurturer of children and feminine values, and protector of the weak and vulnerable. Her undeniable beauty and strength continue to make her so popular with cameo collectors today. With the crescent moon in her hair, Diana is the feminine force of nature with which to be reckoned!
This depiction of Diana is carved from richly hued Sardonyx shell. She is set in a fabulous Pinchbeck frame measuring 2" tall (50.6mm) by 1-3/4" wide (43.7mm). The cameo itself is set in a custom bezel measuring 36.1x27.5mm. Four 5.6mm beads accent the bezel at top, bottom and each side along a floating surround with large scallops of wire at each point. The frame is fitted with a t-hinge, pin and c-clasp, all original. The cameo weighs 10.6 grams.
The cameo is carved from a thick sardonyx shell (Cassis Madagascariensis or helmet shell). Of course, Diana is depicted as a dreamy beauty with perfect facial features, and upswept hair with the falling tendril, a signal of power. Her face has a delicate but definitively Roman profile and not the modern Barbie doll nose common in the last 50 years. Note her strong nose and jawline, as well as the strength exuded in her neck.
The power of this Diana knows no equal. She was an important goddess in the lives of women, especially when it came to marriage and young creatures. She offered both protection and compassion. Diana is symbolized with the signature crescent moon in her hair.
We estimate age of this carving to be circa 1860-1880. It is in exceptional condition. The thick shell is supple and without flaking, chips or cracks. The carving is crisp and without age related smoothing. There are no lines or internal striations visible when candled to the light, making for a flawless glow. The frame is in excellent condition. The cameo is secure in its bezel. We see no damage to the surround or wired scallops. All four beads are in place. Please note that all four beads are single drilled, and two exhibit those holes when viewed from the back. We do believe these are original as there are no replacement signs. The brooch hinge, pin and clasp are in excellent working order.
This nicely carved Diana cameo makes a perfect gift for a cameo lover, or treat yourself. This is a large scale cameo, beautiful for wear or display.
As one would expect, this Diana will be commanding attention. Step aside, World.
Victorian 2" Goddess Diana Shell Cameo Pinchbeck Brooch
$165 $200 SALE