This cameo is marked 14K on the Brooch Pin Opening, a cameo is traditionally a piece of jewelry that is carved in relief, in this case the base material is an Italian Shell and the carving is a lovely lady. The figure or bust of the lady is hand-carved and the shell forms the figure. The shell is enclosed by 14K gold that follows the shape of the shell. The white foreground of the shell makes the figure of the lady. In the Roman tradition she has leaves and grapes in her hair and a very fancy head-band. This cameo is huge, It is just under 2 inches high and 1 1/2 inches wide. The 14K makes this a very valuable cameo, perfect to wear with your fancy dress. For you from the high plains of Kansas!