If you want the best hotdog ever made, you go to Nathan's at Coney Island.
If you want the most beautiful shell cameo ever carved, you go to Torre Del Greco in Italy.
That's where this lovely lady was handcarved of genuine shell. And there's more that makes her unique.
She's larger than most...measures 2 by 2 1/2 inches with the hand-wired gold-filled frame that she's in. With the wire bail, she's 3 1/2 inches high. That bail is no ordinary bail. It's a 'butterfly' bail that opens so that you can put this cameo on a variety of different chains. You can even put her on your beaded necklaces. The bail is made wide enough for the wire to go over and around a bead so any pearls, stone, glass, or plastic bead necklace can be instantly turned into a showcase for this cameo lady. (See photo - pearls not included.)
Cameo weighs 24.2 grams.
This cameo comes from the estate of a jewelry designer who had this carved in Torre del Greco in the 1960s. She did the fine gold-filled wire work around the cameo.
Why Torre del Greco? Generations of carvers there have passed their talents within families who are masters of cameo shell carving.
Why Nathan's? Only their hotdog can explain.
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Large Hand Carved Shell Cameo Pendant from Torre Del Greco