This breathtaking Victorian Demi-Parure black hard stone cameo set comes from my own family's estate. I have held onto it since inheriting it some 50 years ago now; for all that time it has sat quietly in its black velvet and leather box -- probably a later issue box . It was originally presented in the 1870s to my husband's Great-Grandmother. Set includes original photographic provenance of Great Grandma wearing the brooch.
Evaluated and guaranteed Victorian 18k Rose Gold & Hardstone Cameo Brooch/Pendant & Earrings, probably French given our family genealogy / history.
The set is STUNNING and elegant though simplistic in design. All three of the cameos 'match' though they are hand carved and as expected show some slight variation from one another.
Demi-Parure Set consists of a pair of drop earrings and the cameo brooch / pin that can convert to a necklace / choker. Presented in its slightly later vintage jewel case that has protected the set for over 100 years (case does show wear). The set is a Victorian era black hardstone cameo with tested 18K rose gold settings. They are not hallmarked but the brooch is signed (see below). There are no defects -- no cracks, chips or breaks -- having been carefully kept and treasured for nearly 150 years now. Measurements are provided in the photos.
Earrings -- 1-/3/4" max drop
Brooch / Pendant -- 2-3/4" max length
The cameo brooch and earrings are both made with beauty in mind, but crafted sturdily in spite of the delicacy of the earrings in particular. The drop earrings look MAGNIFICENT on -- worn with your little black dress, or I can attest they look incredible with a plain Christmas Red dress at holiday time.
The brooch can be worn as a pin, or you can fold up the hinged bale at the top and add a gold chain or narrow black velvet ribbon to wear as a necklace or choker. The pin hooks under the 'C' clasp -- there is no 'rollover', and this is correct for a piece that dates this early. For added stability a robust pin is attached at the bottom to ensure the brooch is held securely.
The earrings have RIGHT and LEFT facing cameos -- another indicator of quality workmanship. The earrings have an open loop and bead surmount at top.
The back is SIGNED and includes some numbers, but I cannot make out the numbers as they are under the bottom pin. The name 'Hermione' is etched on the back of the stone brooch. Earlier inquiries on my part more than 15 years ago, indicated that the cameo likeness is Hermione the Greek Goddess and this seems viable upon close examination of the images.
These hard stone cameos are each carved from single stones in high relief.
Vintage 1870s 18K Rose Gold Victorian Hardstone Cameo Demi-Parure Brooch / Earrings