I LOVE using ANGELS, CHERUBS in my ARTISAN JEWELRY because they INSPIRE ME SO MUCH! I TRULY fell IN LOVE when I found this RARE TINY ANTIQUE GEORGIAN PERIOD FRENCH CUT STEEL BEADED FRAMED HAND PAINTED CHERUB CAMEO! I knew I had to create something SPECIAL with this SWEET CAMEO! The GEORGIAN PERIOD (1714-1837) was during the Reign of Four English Kings, 3 of them named George and one named William. Although the Name of the GEORGIAN PERIOD is ENGLISH, derived from the ENGLISH, the ENGLISH alone were not completely responsible for influencing the Jewelry Motifs, FRENCH, GERMAN and ITALIAN HISTORICAL EVENTS influenced JEWELRY designs also. I think this TINY TREASURE is for sure an Example of Romantic French Jewelry and without knowing for sure in what Country it was made it could actually have possibly been made in FRANCE. ANTIQUE FRENCH CUT STEEL BEAD JEWELRY was Very Popular during this Period in Time, hence the Steel Bead Frame around this CAMEO. The SPARKLING FRENCH BEADS were an affordable alternative to more expensive Gems like Genuine Diamonds and the French Beads were affordable to all levels of Society. The French Beads Jewelry was made by attaching the Beads to a Metal Plate and then Hammering them into the Plate which secured them in place. This TINY TREASSURE is not Hallmarked but it is not Unusual to find Antique Georgian Period Jewelry Unmarked for Metal Content or a Makers Mark because Assayers did not require this until the early 1900,s.This CAMEO is a RARE find and I have only seen similar ones in a RARE BRACELET that had Four of them in the BRACELET. And the HAND PAINTED CAMEOS looked almost exactly like this CAMEO except they were NOT a CHERUB but the FACES of SWEET CHILDREN. This is a TRUE ANTIQUE CAMEO and NOT a REPRODUCTION. The CAMEO is completely Hand Made by an Artisan of this Period in time.The CAMEO is surrounded by a THIN GOLD TONE METAL RING and then FRAMED with a FRAME of ANTIQUE FRENCH CUT STEEL BEADS. I do not know the Metal Content of the Gold Tone Ring in Frame.The CAMEO is HAND PAINTED on a MOP PIECE. This CAMEO TREASURE was for sure PAINTED by a TALENTED ARTISAN who must have Painted this Treasure with the Tiniest Brush! The CAMEO is in Excellent Condition with all its Colors Bright and Clear. I LOVE the way the ARTIST Softly Faded each of the Colors into each other Slightly Blurring them. The CHERUB has Blondish Colored Hair with Pink Cheeks and Lips. The CHERUBS Lavender Wings are behind each shoulder. The Blue Sky behind Her makes Her Look HEAVENLY! The CHERUB CAMEO measures 1 hair over 3/4 high by 2 hairs over 1/2 inch wide. I have mounted the CAMEO to an Antique Victorian English Sterling Silver Heart Fob. The Fob is Hallmarked in the back of it for Sterling Silver and it dates to around 1900. Although the Hallmarks are covered now by the Mop Heart the Fob Test for Sterling Silver. This Heart Fob is really Beautiful with an Etched and Open Cut Design in the Sterling Silver. The Heart Fob has a Large Bail and I have used this Bail as the Main Attachment to the rest of the Necklace. I then mounted the CAMEO, FOB to a Large VINTAGE THICK MOP HEART PENDANT. The Color of the Mop Heart is a Creamy with a Golden Glow. This Layering Effect causes the CHERUB CAMEO to POP against the Layered Background! The Mop Heart measures 2 hairs short of 2 inches high by 2 hairs short of 1,1/2 inches wide. Around the same time I was getting ready to make this Necklace I found a Wonderful RARE Pair of Vintage Art Deco Era Paste Angel Wings! These Wings are in Excellent Condition with all there Stones present although a Few of the Stones have become Darker, which often happens with AGE, this does in No Way take away from the Shimmer and Beauty of these Wings. These Wings are made of Pot Metal, a popular Metal used during the Art Deco Period. Then the Wings were RODIUM PLATED to give the Wings a Shiny, Polished Finish. I attached 2 Sterling Silver Bails to the Wings in order to attach them to the rest of the Necklace without having to drill into them. The Bails are Hallmarked for Sterling but this is covered by Glue and Paint but they also Test for 925 Silver. I then Painted over the GLUE and BAILS with ANTIQUE SILVER GILDERS PAINT, doing this gives a more finished appearance to the Back of the Wings. The GLUE and PAINT do not show in the Front of the Wings. I have used Professional Jewelry Glue to attach the Bails so they will Never come apart in any way. The Angel Wings measure 1 hair short of 2 inches high by 2 hairs short of 1 inch wide. I wanted to work with the Cream Mop Heart so I choose some Beautiful Large Baroque Cultured Pearls to make a Chain for the CAMEO Pendant. These Pearls have a Creamy LUSTRE with a bit of a Pale Pink Reflection in them and a few surface irregularities. Each Cultured Pearl is a Unique One of a Kind Pearl made for us by Mother Nature. There are 7 Cultured Pearls in the Necklace with 3 Rhinestone Beads and 3 Mop Gem Beads. I have added a few Natural Colored Sparkle Edge Ribbon to the Pendant to give the Necklace a more Vintage Feel. The Inside Necklace measures 17 inches long with the total Necklace including CAMEO PENDANT measuring 22 inches long. I also added a 3,1/2 Large Link Sterling Silver Chain Extension to add more available length. The CLASP is a Recast Sterling Silver Victorian Era Shepherds Hook with a Round Sterling Silver Connecting Piece. A Sterling Wire Wrapped Moonstone Gem with a Tiny Sterling Silver Fleur de Lis Charm drape off the end of the Extension Chain. All the Connecting Pieces are New Shiny Sterling Silver such as Jump Rings, Clasp and although not marked for Sterling Silver Test as Sterling Silver. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This Necklace is a FEMININE ROMANTIC TREASURE that you will LOVE to WEAR! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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