This is a stunning antique cameo set in a dazzling 9 karat yellow-gold frame.
As you can see, the Helmet-shell cameo features a masterfully carved figure in profile.
The lady pictured is a generic Greek mythological figure, rendered in extraordinary, high-dimensional detail.
She is shown with long flowing tresses and a finely-pleated toga, both of which feature incredible realism.
Cameos have a storied history that dates as far back as the Roman Empire.
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.
The brilliant white of the cameo's central figure is complemented beautifully by the latté-brown color of the shell.
The carved shell is embraced by a wide 9 karat gold bezel which is surrounded by a narrow "twisted-rope" accent.
A solid-gold frame surrounds the cameo and features open swirls, typical of the Victorian style.
An unusual, antique nesting brooch clasp on the reverse of the piece makes it simple to wear and display the piece.
The clasp features a small stamped mark which reads "9Ct".
The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the gold.
Showing only a few tiny areas of oxidization on the reverse, this stunning cameo remains in excellent antique condition.
Measurements: Brooch is 1 5/8" in diameter and ½" deep, Cameo is 1 1/8" in diameter Weight: 8.2 grams (0.29 oz)