Antique Edwardian 18K Gold, Hardstone Sardonyx Cameo & Diamond Pin/Pendant Combo
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It's not often you come into a lifetime collection of cameos all in one place but happen to find I did. First time offered to the public - first time seen on the Internet, the collection comprises cameos from all over the world, set in gold & silver, adorned with pearls & diamonds, and made from different materials including coral, hard stone sardonyx, brown shell, pink shell and yes, even some hand painted portrait miniature pieces - one such piece from a Maker Name! So, may I present now.....
AGE: C.1900 or so
ITEM: Set in a rose gold pin/pendant setting and adorned with 4 bezel set diamonds, here's a black & white sardonyx hardstone cameo depicting a lady, facing left, adorned in garb that suggest the Elizabethan era. Could the depiction be Mary, Queen of Scots? Hmmm, possibly.
The cameo is nicely carved and the black has a mirror finish both front and back. Detailing isn't overly ornate but the execution of the profile is very fine indeed.
CONDITION: Excellent! Old fashioned safety catch at the back to wear as a pin along with a swivel bale so that the piece may be worn as a pendant. As is the norm with most Victorian/Edwardian pieces of jewelry, the pinstem is a little wider than the actual piece of jewelry.
METAL CONTENT: 18K Gold
HALLMARKS: 18K within a "guitar pick-shaped" makers mark (on the catch).
DIAMONDS: There are 4 diamonds, bezel set, on the frame. Each measures approximately 2mm (3 points) for a total carat count of .12CT TW. Color of the stones is G-H and clarity is very nice - I estimate VSI1.
SIZE: The piece, with bale down, measures 1-3/4" x 1-3/8".
WEIGHT: 14.3 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: I'm sorry my pics are not the best. Photo'ing cameos is always a tricky process for me and I have to omit the flash to show the detail to the carving of the piece. Those who love cameos, however, will be able to ascertain just how wonderful this pin/pendant combo is!
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