This wonderful onyx hard stone cameo has a lovely carved profile of a woman. She has well defined facial features (you can even see her lips), a fabulous hair style complete with headband w/vail and a very well detailed daytime dress. She is collar mounted in a rose gold frame containing swirling curlicues, tiny ball open work and border finished with small seed pearl accents. She is a pin, watch pin and pendent and also contains a memorial window. What more could you ask for?
The onyx is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips, scratches, abrasions or repairs. It has been viewed with a 10 power loupe. With the loupe I can see some roughness to a couple rims that could be original to carving plus one that appears to have been caused when the black background was polished. The carving is done with superb depth and detail and stands a hair over 3/16" above the black onyx background at it's tallest point with the black onyx having a very high polished surface.
The gold is also excellent with no rips, dents, cracks, missing pieces, scratches, abrasions or repairs. The hinged bale, pin hinge, pin stick, watch latch and locking clasp are all the originals in smooth working order. The pin is straight with a good point and the lock on the clasp has a faint click when engaged. The glass on the memorial window appears to be the original with no large nasty surface scratches, abrasions or chips. It does have some minute bites consistent with age and usage but nothing that obstructs good viewing. The seed pearls are all there and appear to be half pearls and original to the cameo. They have no cracks or chips and are fairly well matched in that somewhat silver color often found in Victorian seed pearls. With the loupe I found one having a slight surface disruption to it's nacre where pronged. The half pearls are two different sizes of approx 1.5 and 2mm.
The piece has no gold purity marks as often found in this time period so Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 14kt. The actual onyx cameo measures approx. 3/4" tall x 9/16" wide. The pin measures 1 9/16" at tallest point x 1 3/16" at widest point. This is a beautiful, well detailed Victorian cameo at a great price.
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