Victorian 14kt Carnelian Intaglio Fob Pendant
The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface to produce an image in relief with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax.
A fob is an adornment or a seal that hangs from the ribbon or chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.
A lovely intaglio fob pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Square in shape, this 14kt yellow gold fob holds a gorgeous carnelian intaglio at the center. This double-sided fob features a smooth surface on one side and is carved with an intricate intaglio image on the other. The image depicts the profile a Greek or Roman figure, complete with delicate facial features, curly hair, and an ornate headpiece. The carnelian displays a rich, deep orange color and soft translucence that is accentuated when held to the light. A polished gold border surrounds the stone and a decorative wirework design embellishes the top and extends onto the sides. A simple round bail is attached at the top, perfect for hanging from your favorite chain. A spectacular piece, it is perfect for any fob or intaglio collector and would look incredible worn daily or for special occasions!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1 1/4" long, including the bail. The carnelian fob measures a little under 7/8" wide and tall is about 1/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or carnelian stone, which is intact and securely set. The bail is secure and in good working order.