ARIEL, (ARCHANGEL) GOD,s Protector of NATURE! ANGELS, CUPIDS are One of My MOST LOVED themes that I use in My Artisan Jewelry so when I found this LOVELY RARE OLD CAMEO I thought it was UNIQUE and SPECIAL even though I did not know its SYMBOLISM. I also LOVE Victorian Jewelry, this is a Victorian Era Cameo, because the Victorians were a bit obsessed with NATURE and DEATH. The Combination of these TWO THINGS make for the Most Fascinating Jewelry! The Victorian Period (1847-1901) was the Period of Time when QUEEN VICTORIA ruled over GREAT BRITAIN. This was a Time of Prosperity and Victorian Jewelry prospered as well. This was the time when a Large amount of Victorian Mourning Jewelry was created from Materials such as what this CAMEO is made of, GUTTA PERCHA or also called VULCANITE. Although the Victorian Pieces in this Necklace may appear to be Victorian Mourning Jewelry this is NOT necessarily TRUE. The Victorians ADORED Dark Black Jewelry as wore it SIMPLY because they considered it CHIC and ELEGANT. The CAMEO does look as though it is carved but it is not. GUTTA PERCHA is a Natural Man Made Material made from the SAP of a TREE mixed with other Materials. It was PRESSED into a MOLD and was used for many household ITEMS as well as to make BEAUTIFUL DARK JEWELRY. But I want to go back to our ARCHANGEL (ARIEL). When I found this CAMEO I searched and searched to find a history of its SYMBOLISM. I had seen a Very Expensive Shell Cameo that was set in GOLD that had the EXACT SAME DESIGN as this CAMEO which led me to believe there had to be a STORY to this CAMEO. I finally found months later when researching ARCHANGELS the HISTORY of this LOVELY CAMEO I found an Amazing Symbolism of this ANGEL and LION. The ANGEL in this CAMEO is the ARCHANGEL (ARIEL). ARIEL is One of the 7 of GOD,S ARCHANGELS! Now I had heard the name ARIEL before but most of us as I had mostly heard of the ARCHANGELS (MICHEAL and GABRIEL) not ARIEL. The meaning of the name ARIEL is " LION of GOD". ARIEL is often associated with LIONS when you see HIM. You will know that ARIEL is NEAR when you have visions of LIONS! ARIEL has many Duties as all the ARCHANGELS do! One of HIS DUTIES is overseeing the (SPRITES), which are the NATURE ANGELS associated with WATER. ARIEL is also involved with influencing the WINDS. ARIEL helps in Healing and Protecting Nature, the Birds, Fish, and Animals. Now ARIEL is portrayed in the CAMEO walking closely with a LION with HIS comforting HAND on the LIONS MANE. HIS BOW represents that HE is a PROTECTOR, the LION representing NATURE. The LARGE HEART PENDANT is also a Victorian Beauty made during this ERA and this is however a CARVED TREASURE. This HEART is carved of BOG OAK. BOG OAK is from an OAK TREE and it was made naturally through the Long Process of sitting in a WET BOG which caused it to DARKEN to a BLACK COLOR. This HEART came with its Original Paste Stone which is still Beautifully Sparkly. The HEART is the Perfect Size to pair with the CAMEO and it measures 1,3/4 inches high by 1,1/2 inches wide. I have made a Necklace for these BEAUTIES with New Sterling Silver Wire, MATTE BLACK 2MM and 12MM SMOOTH ONYX GEMSTONES and a few Tiny RHINESTONE BEADS. Each Round ONYX GEM is surround with the 2 of the TINY ONYX GEMS and the TINY RHINESTONE BEADS. All the connecting Pieces in the Necklace are New and although not Marked Test as Sterling Silver. The Sterling has been Oxidized Dark to work with the Antique Pieces in the Necklace. I did not want to drill into the CAMEO to make the Necklace Glued 3 Sterling Silver Bails to the back of the CAMEO for the CAMEO attachments. I then Painted over the Back of BAILS and GLUE with BLACK GILDERS PASTE. This procedure gives the Back of the CAMEO a more finished appearance and this does not show in the front of the CAMEO. I use Professional Grade Jewelry Glue so the Glued Pieces will NEVER FALL OFF or become loose. The Clasp is a Recast Sterling Silver Victorian Shepherds Hook with a Sterling Silver Oval Connector Piece. The inside approximate Necklace Length is 17 inches long and the total length Pendant measuring 25 inches long. I have added a few Small Black and Grey ribbons to the Necklace to give it a Vintage look but if you are not a Ribbon person these are easily removed. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers! This Necklace is a RARE BEAUTY with a Wonderful Heavenly Story to it! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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