What a beautiful Victorian black and white agate stone carving placed in a feminine and shapely gold mounting set with graduated pearls.
This attractive and stately woman is shown with her hair done up in a pretty setting, wearing her pendant earrings and pearl necklace. Her garment has a feminine ruffle border and her attention is directed leftward.
The carving is well done and the contrast is masterfully created in the stone, showing her in the white with a strong, black background. Bezel set, it is the front of the locket on the back.
The locket, meant for a keepsake of a deceased loved one, was evidently never used in this piece. It is functional by gently lifting from the edge of the locket covering and replaced by carefully positioning it to fit and gently pressing along the sides to secure it in position.
The pretty white pearls bring a warm shine to this beautiful piece. They measure *approximately 4mm-1mm in the mounting. The smaller pearls define the sides while the larger ones are set in a V at the bottom and bring a nice visual completion to it.
The top bail is designed to be up, when one wants to wear it as a necklace, and down, when one wants to wear it as a brooch. At the very bottom, there is an “S” hook from which one can hang a small ornament or jewel.
With the top bail opened, the length measures approximately 51mm x 29mm at the widest point. In the bezel, the cameo measures approximately 26.5mm x 20mm. In 14k, it weighs 17.1 grams.
*approximation is due to the fact that the stones are mounted and exact measurements can not be obtained.