Victorian Gold-Filled Turtledove Bird Motif Shell Cameo Earrings
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.
These gorgeous shell cameo earrings are hand carved and from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! The earrings are oval in shape and fairly large in size and set within a simple gold-filled setting. The hand-carved cameos each display a lovely turtledove which is perched atop a single flower and framed by a wheat design. The beautiful birds are complimentary to each other, both looking in opposite directions and because they are hand-carved, each bird differs slightly. The images are highly detailed with textured feather bodies, expressive faces and strong standing legs and the wheat frame is wonderfully defined. The shell cameo images appear in white while the background is a soft, pinkish beige color and each is bezel set with a wide, flat frame. The earrings dangle from a simple gold bead which attaches to 14kt yellow gold earring wires. They're wonderful earrings and would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs a little less than 2" long, is approximately 1" at its widest point, and slightly more than 1/8” at its deepest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the cameo or the gold-filled setting and the gold wires are intact.