Lovely vintage 800 silver (with heavy gilt finish) hand carved shell cameo pin/pendant- wonderful details. The mounting is very ornate with wire work filigree and milgrained bead work, and 6 foliate stations that are accented in bright silver. Features a lovely left facing woman in profile with ringlet curls. Frame measures 1-7/8" x 1-1/2". The shell measures 1-3/8" x 1-1/8". Hallmarked "80" on the back 80% silver). Trombone clasp. Additional bail on the back to wear as a pendant. In excellent condition with no repairs or alterations, all original. In excellent condition, circa 1940. Has not been cleaned and retains its lightly age tarnished patina, undisturbed and intact.
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.