ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 10K Gold & Cornelian Shell Cameo Pin - Goddesses Artemis & Athena
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AGE: Late 1800s I believe.
ITEM: A hand carved Cornelian shell cameo that depicts a pair of Goddesses. Possibly Night & Day or possibly Artemis/Diana (Goddess of the Hunt) & Athena (Goddess of Wisdom) - you be the judge. Set into a rose gold setting and fashioned into a pin/brooch, the piece is a little bit more elaborate than a carved "single lady" cameo. Both ladies have adornments in their hair and both wear lovely bead necklaces.
CONDITION: Excellent! No chipped noses here. The carving is expertly done and even though the setting isn't a high carat gold, the simple rose gold setting of 10K does more than suffice. Back pin stem is base metal and has a touch of "green" that needs to be cleaned off. Very old safety latch on the catch that performs its function as it should.
METAL CONTENT: 10K Rose Gold
HALLMARKS: None as is the norm with a lot of American Victorian jewelry. Metal has been acid tested for content.
SIZE: 1-1/8" x 1-7/16".
WEIGHT: 8.4 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: A gorgeous pin in need of a new home!
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