A. Brandt + Son

Art Deco 14kt Cameo w/ Enamel & Diamond Pin/Pendant

SKU: 16146


The earliest known use of shell for cameo carving was during the 15th and 16th centuries. Before that, cameos were carved from hardstone. The Renaissance cameos are typically white on a grayish background and were carved from the shell of a mussel or cowry. In the mid 18th century, explorations revealed new shell varieties. Helmet shells from the West Indies, and queen conch shells from the Bahamas arrived in Europe, thus sparking a big increase in the number of cameos that were carved from shells.

This gorgeous large shell cameo pin/pendant is hand carved and from the Art Deco (ca1920) era. The piece is set in an ornate and unusual 14kt yellow gold setting which combines a border of small hearts with very Art Deco enameled corners. The enameling is a wonderful geometric pattern with red, yellow and blue sections. The beautiful face of the woman is highly detailed with curls in her hair and flowers that rest on her shoulder and bust. Around her neck is a sterling chain and pendant that has a single diamond set within it. The wire chain of the necklace is riveted through the cameo and ties in the back. On the back of the pin/pendant is a pin clasp as well as a swing down bail which easily transforms the piece from a brooch to a pendant. This exquisite and unusual pin/pendant would make a lovely addition to any collection!

Measurements: The cameo measures approximately 1 5/8" long and approximately 1 1/8" wide. The overall measurement of the brooch is a little less than 1 7/8" long, approximately 1 1/2" wide and 1/2" deep.

Condition: The overall condition of the brooch is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the cameo or the gold. There are a few very minor chips in the enameling which is not noticeable when worn. The pin clasp fits snug and secure and both the bail and the clasp are in good working condition.

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