Lovely antique Victorian 10k gold pink shell and fresh water dog tooth pearl lavalier pendant necklace. Measures 1-3/4" including the bail x 11/16". Yellow gold with pretty green gold flower and garland wreath. Cameo is hand carved and measures 11/16" x 3/8". Weighs 2 grams. On a fine 10k gold 18" long chain with spring ring clasp. Spring ring hallmarked "10k". Typical of the majority of authentic Victorian jewels, the pendant is unmarked, carefully tested to guarantee 10K content and quality. The bail at the top has been replaced and is 14k gold (hallmarked inside). In excellent condition. Circa 1900.
Please do note that all natural shell cameos when held to strong light will show fine growth lines to some extent, which is unique to each individual piece. We carefully examine all of our cameos to make sure that any hairlines do not penetrate the front and back surfaces of the shell, and do not compromise the integrity of the cameo. Cameos make an incredible traditional bridal gift from mother to daughter, usually given with the intent of wearing at the wedding ceremony, and to eventually pass down to their own daughter. They also make a very popular choice for "Something Borrowed". We recommend storing fine cameo jewelry individually in a crush proof box, away from any other pieces that may damage them. Do not exposed to extreme cold temperatures, and occasionally you should moisturize the shell with olive or mineral oil. Please clean the mounting only with a very mild liquid soap such as Dove Liquid, a soft toothbrush, and a very gentle scrubbing action. Rinse well with plain tepid (luke warm) water, pat dry gently with a soft towel, and re-moisturize the shell cameo with oil after it is thoroughly dry.