Antique Edwardian 10k gold hand carved Hope with Anchor shell cameo pendant necklace. Measures 1-3/8" x 1-1/4" and weighs 5.2 grams. The securely bezel set hand carved shell cameo is very well detailed and measures 15/16" x 3/4". The frame is hand engraved with leaves and flowers. On the back there is a hinged folding bail. We have included a 19" long fine curb link 10k gold chain but the opening of the bail will accommodate a chain up to 2.2mm in width. The piece is not hallmarked but has been carefully tested and guaranteed minimum solid 10k gold content/purity. In excellent condition with very slight wear to the bail where the chain rubbed up against it- very minimal. A lovely cameo and a lovely sentiment of hope and faith. Circa 1900-1910.
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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.
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