This is a gorgeous antique cameo accented with dazzling 14 karat yellow gold and genuine seed pearls. This cameo is the depiction of Nike, the goddess of strength, speed, and victory.
The setting is both a brooch with a pendant loop to wear as a necklace as well. This is a larger cameo that is just stunning both in the image, but also the setting.
Greek gods and goddesses are a classic motif in cameo-making, and this beauty is pictured in absolutely divine detail.
A cameo is typically created by carving a high (or positive) relief image into stone, glass, coral, or as in the case of this piece, Helmet shell.
Helmet shells are a tropical genus of shell known for their mottled brown color.
This Nike cameo is pictured in profile, intricately carved with incredible dimension and realism.
She wears a classic pleated toga and wears wings in her luxurious tresses. Nike is seen here with an arrow, a classical symbol of victory in war.
As you can see, the cameo is embraced in a wide bezel of lustrous 14 karat yellow gold. The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the gold.
The bezel is surrounded by a gorgeous 14 karat gold filigree frame.
The top, bottom, and sides of the frame are further ornamented with graceful leaf-shapes and genuine white seed pearls.
A classic roll over brooch-clasp on the reverse as well as a hinged bale near the top give the buyer a lot of option for wearing and displaying the cameo.
The piece shows only the tiniest amount of darkening on the reverse, but remains in excellent antique condition overall.
Measurements: Brooch is 1-3/4" tall, 1 3/8" wide and ½" deep, Cameo is 1 3/8" tall and 1" wide Weight: 8.2 grams (0.29 oz)