ITEM: Cameo Pin.
GEM: Carved Shell Cameo.
CONDITION: Estate Item, excellent.
WEIGHT: 17.5 Grams.
MEASUREMENT: 2" X 1 -1/2"
MARKS: no hallmarks, tested for the metal content. Silver,
COMMENTS: Just purchased from a local estate a lovely carved cameo brooch. The cameo is hard stone very nicely carved to depict a beautiful young woman. The background is angel skin coral and has a high relief carving of a Victorian lady. Hard stone cameos are more durable than shell cameos, therefore they are more valuable and of finer quality. Hard stone cameos have been carved in gemstone since ancient times and used on helmets, military accessories sword handles, rings, vases, cups and dishes. This is a very romantic piece of jewelry from a romantic and historic era. The cameo is in the estate condition we received it. The Victorian fascination with all things historic is demonstrated in the classical Greek profiles and mythological motifs. Reflecting the Victorians love of gardening and nature, floral cameos were also popular. Carved in seashell, ivory, lava, stone, and jet, cameos could be set in precious or non-precious metals, some wealthy patrons even had their own likenesses done.
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