What a gorgeous Bacchante with grape vines cascading down the back of her hair. It is signed on the inside of the bottom rim Birks, stamped 10K as well as two other hallmarks, a crown inside a wishbone shape and beside that a pear shape stamped sideways. I assume them to be the makers hallmark and an assay office hallmark. The cameo measures about 2" by 1 and 1/2" and is surrounded by a raised gold rim with gold roping encircling the rim. There is no wear to her lovely face, no white beside her face as seen in one photo due to glare, and no cracks or chips in the shell. The grape leaves stand up just above her ear giving lovely dimensionality to the brooch. There is a pendant bale that moves up and down so the wearer can choose to wear it as a pendant or as a brooch. The quality of the carving is outstanding, and the brooch is signed by the carver on the back which I can not get to show with the camera due to glare. It is an exquisite piece of artwork with the outstanding quality that Birks is known for. It will make a wonderful addition to a vintage cameo or fine jewelry collection.
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