Two cameos facing in opposite directions are the feature of this marvelous Victorian necklace. A single maiden with garlands of leaves in her hair is the cameo subject which is beautifully carved in shell. The strong contrast in the subject and background of the shell give prominence to these carvings.
The top cameo is mounted in an impressive frame; it is round and bezel-set in an architectural step-style frame which is accented with 4 small white pearls. The shell cameo and the softness of the white, round pearls are complimentary gem materials and design motifs.
The gold frame is nicely engraved and gracefully tapers at the bottom to connect to the smaller shell cameo pendant. This piece swings gently from the top and is a delicate feature that compliments the boldness of the top engraved frame.
This necklace is strong yet feminine and, when worn, will certainly leave a distinct impression.
The diameter of the top cameo is 24mm and the smaller, oval cameo in the bezel, measures *approximately 14mm x 12mm. From the top of the pearl to the bottom of the oval cameo, the length measures approximately 62.5mm; the widest point of the frame on the top piece measures approximately 28mm.
Gross weight is 12.3g and necklace length is *approximately 19.” The gold has been assayed as 14k.
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