Vintage early Art Deco sterling silver marcasite cameo pendant necklace. The pendant measures 1-1/8" x 1", while the hand carved shell cameo itself measures 3/4" x 9/16". Accented by 4 bead set marcasites. Ornate filigree mounting accented with fine milgrained bead and scroll work. Richly age tarnished patina, has never been cleaned. Hallmarked "Sterling" on the back. Sterling silver 18" long chain with spring ring clasp, also marked "sterling". In excellent very well babied condition.
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 expose to extreme cold temperatures, and occasionally moisturize the shell with olive or mineral oil. Should you need a replacement marcasite, we do stock these in most sizes for your convenience and peace of mind.