This dazzling antique cameo is a fabulous example of early Victorian cameos.
This is of obvious very high quality carving with intricate design and detailing.
Set in a gorgeous 9 karat rose-gold brooch, it is truly a stunning example of the art form.
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, shell.
This antique cameo brooch is an exquisite example. It features an elegant female profile (a classic motif in cameo-making).
The figure is pictured in bright white and carved in high-relief with breathtaking detail and dimension.
Some areas of the positive image rise almost 5 millimeters, which is quite high, giving the cameo an extraordinary sense of depth and realism.
As you can see, the cameo is set in a wide bezel made of solid 9 karat rose gold.
Thin strips of gold curve around the outside of the bezel, creating an elegant scrolling design.
A classic roll-over brooch clasp can be found on the reverse of the piece as well as a small, permanently-attached length of gold chain.
This short chain culminates at the top with a small gold safety-pin clasp.
This gives the buyer great versatility in how they prefer the brooch to be displayed or worn.
There is a small mark stamped in the metal near the base of the chain which reads "9Ct", for 9 karat gold.
The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the gold.
Other than very light surface wear, this exquisite cameo remains in excellent antique condition.
Measurements: Brooch is 2" tall, 1 ½" wide and 5/8" deep (to back of brooch clasp), Cameo is 1 ¾" tall and 1 3/8" wide, Chain is 1 ¾" long and 1 ½mm wide Weight: 13.8 grams (0.49 oz)