This beautiful antique cameo is set in a dazzling 10 karat yellow gold frame. It has great detailed carving.
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 golden, amber tones of the shell.
You will notice that the classic, Victorian-style frame is decorated with hand-hammered accents including textural shapes and florals.
There is a traditional "C"-style brooch clasp on the reverse of the cameo and a small loop at the top; this will give you a lot of options for wearing and displaying the piece.
A stamped mark on the brooch clasp reads "10K"; the piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the gold.
Showing only a few tiny areas of oxidization and some equally minor flea-bite scratches, this stunning cameo remains in very good antique condition.
Measurements: Brooch is 1-3/8" wide, 1-11/16" tall and 7/16" deep, Carved cameo is 1-3/16" tall and 7/8" wide Weight: 7.3 grams (0.26 oz)