Italian carvers began to use shells for their creations in the early 1880's. Most commonly, cameos portrayed the faces or images of Romanesque women. Most often they had upswept hairstyles and some were even adorned with jewelry. The cameos usually depicted the portrait of the "idealized" woman or god's and goddesses from mythology.
This gorgeous large shell cameo brooch is hand carved and from the Victorian (ca1880) era. Set in a lovely 12kt yellow gold bezel setting, the beautiful angelic face of a winged cherub graces the center of the piece. Highly detailed, the angel is wearing a crown of flowers on his head with small tendrils peeking down. There are soft, wings that grace his back and a garland of flowers that lies across his shoulder. A delicate etched gold frame surrounds the outside of the entire cameo which has a c-catch clasp on the back. This stunning cameo is wonderful and feminine, and would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The cameo measures approximately 1 7/8" long and approximately 1 1/2" wide. The overall size of the brooch measures approximately 2 3/8" long, 2" wide and a little less than 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the brooch is excellent. There are no apparent marks in the cameo or the gold. The clasp fits snug and secure and is in good working condition.