Gorgeous antique Victorian sterling silver filigree cameo brooch pin/pendant. Ornate sterling silver mounting with detailed filigree, bead work, scroll work, and twisted rope accent around the bezel. Hand carved right facing shell cameo has incredible detail. The brooch measures 1-13/16" x 1-9/16", the shell cameo itself measures 1-5/8" x 1-3/16". There is a bail on the back so that it can be worn as a pendant. Safety catch and wide tube hinge clasp assembly, all original. Typical of the majority of authentic Victorian jewels (particularly hand crafted pieces such as this), the mounting is not hallmarked, but has been carefully tested by TWO separate independent jewelers to guarantee sterling silver (925/1000) content and quality. In outstanding well babied condition, all original. Circa 1890-1900. Has not been cleaned and retains its lightly age tarnished original patina, intact and undisturbed.
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.