This antique cameo is an absolutely stunning example of the centuries-old art form, featuring masterful carving and a dazzling 14 karat gold-plated hand-etched frame.
As you can see, this beauty is a fantastic, substantial size, measuring almost three and a half inches tall.
The figure is seen in full profile. This image is typically called the "anonymous Victorian woman." The upswept hair would indicate this came from the late Victorian era.
She is rendered in incredible detail; the fine tendrils of her hair, the pleats in her blouse and even the petals of her corsage are highly dimensional.
The flowers that adorn the figure's hair and neck are incredibly realistic, and feature gorgeous depth.
This cameo was carved from a single piece of conch shell (a favorite among master-carvers).
There is a very, very small crack near the top of the shell, but it is purely cosmetic and does not appear to be affecting the structural integrity of the cameo.
The carved shell is set in an exquisite overlapping bezel. The narrow edge features a lovely repeating chevron pattern.
A wide frame surrounds the bezel and boasts an elegant hand-etched design of classic scallops and simple florals.
The frame is made of silver (not .925 but slightly lower) and plated in lustrous 14 karat yellow gold.
The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the quality and purity of the metals.
A classic "C"-style brooch clasp on the reverse along with a hinged bale at the top will give the buyer a number of options for wearing and displaying the piece.
The bale is 14 karat yellow-gold and appears to be a later addition.
The brooch pin extends slightly over the edge of the frame; this is typical of Victorian era brooches.
There a few areas of darkening around the sides of the gold-plated bezel as well as a fair amount of darkening to the reverse of the frame. We do not polish antique jewelry and leave that to the owner for their individual preference.
Otherwise, the cameo remains in very good antique condition.
Measurements: Brooch is 2 ¼" tall, 1 7/8" wide and 5/8" deep, Cameo is 2" tall and 1 5/8" wide Weight: 13.5 grams (0.48 oz)