Cameos are timeless. The tradition of cameos dates back to Roman times, when glass was often a preferred material. The hand carving of shell cameos became popular during the Renaissance era. In Victorian times, cameos were favored as souvenirs of the "Grand Tour." In fact, the popularity of cameos has risen and fallen with fashion. In this century, the cameo became popular again around the 1970's.
The "modern" cameo, as we think of it today, usually is a portrait of a woman with an elaborate hairstyle, often with a flower in her hair. This particular cameo falls exactly into that design pattern. Additionally, it has been placed in a very traditional setting: a filigree frame with four elements at each of the cardinal points. It is the classic pale pink with a slightly off-white portrait.
The cameo is in very good condition. No signs of wear and the clasp works perfectly. There is a tiny bit of adhesive residue on the back of the shell, probably from a price tag. The is also a hinged bail, so that the brooch can be worn as a pendant. This is a nice feature in that the bail actually folds back out of the way if you choose to wear it as a brooch.
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