Vintage 925 sterling silver Italian shell cameo brooch pin pendant. Hand carved shell cameo, left facing woman with bobbed hair, flower corsage on shoulder, and accenting border around the edge of the cameo. Measures 1-1/4" x 1". This has a fine twisted wire work border on the frame, and on the back a bail so that it can also be worn as a pendant. Has not been cleaned and retains its dark age tarnished patina. In excellent condition, very well cared for and all original with no repairs or alterations. Hallmarked "925" on the back edge of the mounting. Circa 1930-40.
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.