This stately queen cameo was hand carved in black and white banded agate. The details are exquisite!
She wears a steady and regal gaze with her expertly carved up-do and her coronet on her head. A dangly earring hangs from her left ear and the curls in her hair are clearly visible. We have researched this beautiful lady and believe her to be a representation of Arethusa, a nymph and daughter of Nereus, making her a Nereid. She is strongly associated with the sea and is often depicted with dolphins. (Greek Mythology)
This incredibly carved cameo is an unusual navette shape, bezel set into a rose gold filigree frame (tested as 14 Karat) accented by 12 small natural pearls. The pearls we believe to be natural after careful examination under the microscope and because cultured pearls did not become available till after this brooch was crafted.
The pin stem and clasp have been replaced with a locking pin clasp. (more secure)
A hinged pendant bail allows this piece to be worn as both a brooch and a pendant.
Quality: very good, cameo is very artistic in quality and composition
Measurements: 6.2 x 4.0 cm
Condition: very good (shows signs of previous repair (pin clasp changed) cameo is well seated and bezel set but does move very slightly. We have examined it thoroughly and believe it to be quite sound.
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Victorian Black and White Agate Cameo in Rose Gold Pin/Pendant