Victorian 15kt Carved Lava Cameo Maltese Cross Necklace
This carved lava cameo necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era is quite extraordinary! Set in 15kt yellow gold (indicating English origin), this unique piece is comprised of a multiple hand-carved links that form a beautiful and unique necklace. Each carved cameo has a very traditional Victorian look, depicting a raised portrait head surrounded by a textured border. Forming the "chain" are 15 ellipse-shaped links, which meet at a an oval-shaped cameo at the middle. Hanging from the center link is a marvelous Maltese cross formed by five additional cameos, completing the striking design. All of the cameos are bezel set and range in classic lava colors such as beige, light gray, black, brick red, and varying shades of brown and tan. The colors contrast beautifully with the smooth yellow gold setting! Hidden within one of the links at the back is a simple and secure push clasp. A wonderful example of Victorian lava cameo jewelry, this incredible piece would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The necklace is approximately 16.5" long, with each ellipse-shaped link measuring 1" long and 3/8" at the widest point. The extension hangs 2.5" long from the top of the oval cameo to the bottom of the Maltese cross. The Maltese cross pendant itself measures 1 5/8" long on each side.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides minimal normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to any of the lava cameos, all of which are intact. The push clasp is secure and in good working condition.