In Greek and Roman mythology the Graces (or Charites) were minor goddesses who symbolized beauty charm, and goodness. The number of Graces varied, though most myths included three sisters: Aglaia (splendor), Thalia (good cheer), and Euphrosyne (joyfulness). The Graces were the children of Zeus* and Eurynome, a daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. The main role of the Graces was to bestow beauty, charm, and goodness on young women and to give joy to people in general. They were usually associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and appeared among the attendants of the gods Apollo*, Dionysus*, and Hermes*. They entertained the gods by dancing to the music of Apollo's lyre. At times, the Graces were considered patrons of music, dance, and poetry. Most works of art portray them with their hands entwined and their bodies either nude or partially draped with flowing robes.
This beautiful deep coral color shell cameo brooch/pendant, circa 1890-1910, portrays the Graces dancing beneath an arch. The oval cameo is bezel mounted with a twisted rope border. The silver plating or wash is over a brass base and the brooch is equipped with a safety clasp mechanism as well as a small attached ring so it can be worn as a pendant with your favorite fine chain necklace. The brooch/pendant measures 1 1/2" in length and 1 1/4" in width. There are no damages; some plating wear; gorgeous color and detail.
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