Those of you who are "new" to our site..."WELCOME". To those who return to browse read....you know I'm a researcher at heart!
This lovely, lovely, lovely hardstone carving was the result of our penchant for attending auctions and loving the unusual. Marcia loves cameos (what woman does not?) and she spent her time previewing the auction looking long, hard and lovingly at this cameo. The basalt ones are getting harder to find and the settings don't always tickle our fancy. But this one looked like a beauty with its scrolled gold (14K) framed enhanced with blue enamel and the tiny seed pearls surrounding the oval. Now bear in mind all those hand painted gold gilt decorative swirls and raised "jewels" on the plates in which we specialize from Dresden...and look again at this setting! Really delicious, isn't it?
The auction catalogue told us that the carved stone was sardonyx....now Marcia, with her penchant to supply our customers with the best information, researched exactly what sardonyx is (recalling that it is usually a shade of red and is the alternate birthstone for August). This stone is not by any stretch of the imagination, any shade of red.
The online dictionary says that sardonyx is actually "onyx" and "sard" is from the Latin, for a reddish shade. So....we can tell you that when anyone offers you a cameo that isn't reddish and tells you it is sardonyx...they are simply wrong.
Onyx...is naturally a "greenish-white" stone with obvious layers. It is translucent and its lustre is vitreous and silky. We didn't know this until now, but "onyx" that we think of as a black stone is treated! It doesn't come that way naturally!
The Victorians loved highly decorated items and this brooch/pendent certainly fits in with that passion. The stone carved cameos were much more desirable and harder to carve but look at her hair, the tendril curling softly along her neck, the soft faraway expression on her face and the feminine layers draped across her shoulders!
We've supplied you with a photograph against the light. The onyx is truly translucent and it appears as if the carving were resting on a piece of glass in when you gaze at it in regular light.
This magnificent piece of jewelry would have originally had a "C" closure, but a previous owner has (very rightly so!) had a professionally mounted safety closure attached to protect her investment. This piece is in really great condition and is ready to become an heirloom for a new family.
Who wouldn't think they won the lottery with this safely pinned on her lapel?
2 inches(5.1 cm)x 1 11/16 inches (4.8 cm)
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