A fabulous antique Victorian hand carved coral cameo with an elaborate 14k yellow gold setting c1850-1880.
The cameo was hand carved from a deep salmon red coral.
The regal image is intricately carved with fine detail and high relief-I especially love the detail in the rose headdress.
Set with multiple prongs around the entire cameo, a fine twisted wire frames the bottom of the prongs.
The next layer is a pierced and textured filigree base which is embellished on the top with a crown of textured filigree wire accented with gold beads in three different sizes.
The sides of the setting have a hollow textured dome that has very fine twisted wire and small bead next to the filigree base.
Hanging from the filigree crown and guided by the hollow pieces on the sides is a length of handmade woven chain that meets at the bottom of the pin and goes through a circle of gold.
The chain continues out the bottom of the circle where it is soldered to the final ornamental drop.
The drop consists of a textured and pierced dome in the shape of a bell like flower.
Three drops hang from the flower dome, two sleek pointed drops and the center teardrop that is decorated with a very fine granulated bead pattern.
It closes with the old style wide C clasp, unmarked, it was carefully tested with acid to determine the gold content to be 14k.
The pin measures 3.25" by 1.25", the cameo measures just over 1" by 5/8" by 3/8" deep at the highest point.
Total weight is 12 grams.
Excellent condition, no visible damage or wear. There is a dark spot at the bottom of the cameo, that is part of the natural coral.
This is not just a pin, this is an absolute work of art- a phenomenal antique coral cameo brooch that words can't describe.
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