Shown here is a very fine quality hand carved antique late Victorian Genuine Natural Coral cameo brooch dating from the Late Victorian Era. The14 K yellow gold brooch is bezel set with a well carved and finished cameo depicting the Greek Goddess, Psyche, who is the wife of the Greek God of Love, Eros (Cupid in Roman Mythology).
This Cameo Brooch has a stamped mark for 14K Gold on the “C” pin clasp, and all of the gold has been acid tested and positively found to be .585 or 14 K Gold. The bezel setting has a lovely detail, a surrounding application of twisted 14K gold “ribbon”; it is additionally accented with 2 engraved leaves at each of the Cardinal Points (NSEW).
The beautiful woman depicted in the Coral carving is recognizable as Psyche, her hair adorned with Butterfly wings, the wings indicating that she has become a Goddess.
The gorgeous pin measures 1 3/8” Long (Tall) by 1 1/8” Wide (across). The weight of the brooch is 9.5 Grams. The Coral is genuine, natural, organic, untreated from the Mediterranean Sea. The large coral has an even medium pinkish orange hue without any variation in color on the carved side. There are two tiny whitish spots on the back side of the cameo. The cameo measures 1 ¼” by 1” (Height X Width)
The Mythological story tells us of the struggle for love and trust between Eros and Psyche, complicated by Aphrodite, Eros’ mother, who was jealous of the beauty of the human Princess Psyche. Aphrodite forbids Eros to marry the human, Psyche. Defiant, Eros, who has fallen in love with Psyche, spirits her away to his home in the Heavens thus transforming her into an Immortal Goddess, suitable to be the wife of a God. Greek mythology describes Psyche as the deification of the human soul. She was portrayed in ancient art as a goddess with butterfly wings (because psyche was also the Ancient Greek word for 'butterfly'). The Greek word psyche literally means "soul, spirit, breath, life or animating force". This information is paraphrased from the online Wikipedia description in their article on Greek Gods and Goddesses.
I offer a three month layaway payment plan as follows: 1/3 upon purchase order, then 1/3 a month later and a final payment a month after that. Other terms might be possible so please ask if this doesn’t suit your needs.
The brooch will be shipped within a day of receiving notice of full payment; cost of shipping and insurance are included in the purchase price. I ship from British Columbia, Canada using trackable methods of delivery.
No questions asked returns for a full refund must be completed within 30 days of customer’s receipt of the item and return shipping with insurance paid for at the buyer’s expense. The item must be in the same condition as it was when sent. I want you to be pleased with your purchase and the service I offer. Your purchase will be protectively and attractively boxed and wrapped with care.
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