Striking antique Victorian Cameo Brooch & Pendant & Locket and Earring Set, of Black & White Hard Stone Cameos, 14K Gold and Pearls, dating to circa: 1870. Absolutely gorgeous set. The antique Cameos are all tremendously carved from one stone. Each Cameo is set in wide, ornate 14K Gold frames with an open-work design and Pearls.
The largest Cameo depicts a fantastically carved profile of a woman in fine dress, Doubled Pearl or Beaded necklace, Earrings and Hair ornament. Her long curls dangle from the back of her head. The textures show off the smoothness of her skin. Viewed from the side, the Cameo is in high relief. On the reverse side of the Cameo reveals a Locket, with an early photograph behind glass and original bezel. The photograph is of a distinguished mustached gentleman. Additionally, the Brooch can be converted to be worn as a Cameo Pendant, as the hinged bale lifts upward allowing a chain to run through it. To wear as a Cameo Brooch, the bale would fold down and tucked away. It may be assumed that the C Clasp on the Brooch has long ago had repairs and the Pin which passes through the C Clasp has been replaced in the distant past with a Gold filled replacement. The antique Cameo Brooch & Pendant measures 2" inches long and 1 3/8" wide.
The matching antique Cameo Earrings are exquisite unto themselves. Carved profiles of a woman, in similar style dress and adornment as the larger Cameo. And each carved to face each other, in high relief. The Cameo is in high relief. As noted, the Cameos are set in matching 14K Gold frames to the Brooch / Pendant, with the top portion of each earring is hinged, allowing flexibility. They are pierced with gold wires. The Earrings are long, measuring 1 3/4" long and 7/8" wide.
All three pieces are in fine condition with tarnish in some areas of the gold mountings. The antique Cameo and Earring Set was assayed to determine that carat at 14K. This is a wonderful and fine antique Victorian Hard Stone Cameo Set and shows well in the photographs and even prettier in person. The photographs were taken with and without a camera flash with some reflections.