A fine quality antique hardstone* cameo from the Edwardian period.
The layered stone is onyx, it is expertly carved with clean, crisp lines so that the raised figure is matte white and the background is very shiny black.
Fabulous detail with high relief, the workmanship is precise and top quality.
The stone is such that the black can be seen through the white stone in areas that have lower relief, though subtle, it gives the piece more dimension.
Set in a bezel, the dramatic cameo is framed with twisted wire and twisted wire and bead embellishment on center the four each side.
The piece has pin findings as well as a pendant loop, the pin findings have the old style safety clasp that works in reverse.
The piece measures 1.75" by 1&3/8", the cameo alone is 1.5" by 1", total weight is 14.2 grams.
Excellent condition, no damage or visible wear, it comes in the original velvet box with a pearl clasp though the latch is not working.
The setting is marked 14k on the back, there is a figural hallmark that looks like a house.
A fine quality antique hard stone cameo from the Edwardian period.
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