Fabulous antique carved cameo, of fine shell, mounted in marked 10K yellow gold. This cameo is quite convex, carved in high relief; a truly beautiful lady with elaborate flowing hair. The 10 Karat gold mounting features a beautiful border of the gold metalwork with lovely tiny seed pearls wired around as well, all believed to be original. We can only guess as to the pearls, but believe them to be real as was the custom in this time in history; it would be quite unusual if they were not. Both the cameo and the brooch itself are in very good condition. This is one of the prettiest ones we ever had, we have had some with just a border row of the tiny pearls, but never one before with the pearls so beautiful intertwined around the cameo. This brooch measures 1 & 1/2" by 1 & 1/4". The last photo shows the cameo carving held up with lighting to show the carving quality. Note the little dark spot you see in the photos on her hair is actually a tiny shadow from the photography; there is a tiny high carved spot there casting the mark, so you will not see that in person.