Lovely hand carved cameo, 1 3/8" x 11/4". The shell is sardonyx, perhaps the most desirable shell used for cameos, with its distinctive chocolate brown and contrasting white colors. Sardonyx is slow growing shell, so the supply has always been limited.
This cameo has a bouquet of roses and lilies with wonderful detail in the individual petals and leaves. The shell is set in 800 silver (marked) with a gold-wash twisted wire at the base of the bezel.
There is a folding bail, so the cameo can be worn as a pendant necklace, or the bail can be adjusted so the cameo can be worn as a pin or brooch.
The hinge style and locking c-clasp date this cameo to about 1905 - 1910.
There are several stress lines in the cameo, which are shown in the close up photos. None have carried through to the back. The discoloration on the reverse is caused by flaking of the polish used on the shell. It causes no harm and is best left as it is.
If you do wish to wear this as a pendant, I often have vintage sterling chains available at a reasonable cost. Please ask if you are interested.
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