This delightful shell cameo has a lovely carved profile of a young lady. She has very well defined facial features, deep waves to her hair, a softly draped neckline on her gown and a full blooming flower on her shoulder. She is collar mounted in a white gold frame containing delicate wire open work and applied accents of tiny flowers and larger leaves. The funny spot on her nose in photo 1 is in the photo. Check photos 2 and 3.
The shell is in excellent plus condition with no cracks, chips, scratches, abrasions or repairs. The carving is done with wonderful depth and the shell and it's collar rim stand approx. 5/16" above the flat frame of the piece at it's tallest point. The backside of the cameo has a very lightly polished in "SB" that I am assuming was the carver.
The gold is also excellent with no rips, cracks, missing pieces, broken wire, scratches, abrasions or repairs. As you can see from the backside photo the frame has been done with lightly curved rims. You will find some irregularity to the curves that I am assuming was caused from pressure while crimping in the cameo that I am reporting to be accurate. The hinged bale, pin hinge, pin stick and locking clasp are all the originals in smooth working order. The pin is slightly curved with a good point and the lock on the clasp has a light click when engaged.
The 14kt. mark is on the original clasp of the pin. The oval cameo measures approx. 1 5/16" tall x 1" at widest point. The pin measures 1 9/16" at tallest point x 1 3/16" at widest point. This is a wonderful cameo at a great price. It would make a lovely present for that teenager who wants to wear vintage jewelry or from that gift giver on a budget.
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