This very large antique brooch features a a carved jet centerpiece that depicts a woman in profile with leaves decorating her hair. This jet centerpiece is set into a matching black piece that is not made of jet, but is probably a material like bog oak or gutta percha that is made to look like jet. The jet cameo piece measures 37 mm x 28 mm and rises about a 1/4" inch high. The border around the cameo measures about 12 mm wide. The whole brooch weighs 25.5 grams. The closure is a straight pin with a C clasp made of a gold tone metal. The clasp backing has writing engraved in it that is cut off. View photos for more details of these mysterious partial words. The artisan may have taken a piece from another item and fashioned a backing and clasp out of it. There is some scratching in the backing material around the clasp that is probably original to the piece. However, the front is in excellent condition. I have not cleaned this piece at all and there is some dust around the carved portions of the cameo that could easily be cleaned. Please view all photos prior to purchasing, and follow us on IG @MsMalena for updates on jewelry coming into the shop.
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