Antique Victorian Cameo Necklace

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Antique Victorian Hardstone Cameo Necklace

This Victorian hard-stone heart cameo Antique Necklace with an 18k yellow gold supporting chain weighs 12.9g, the hard-stone cameo pendant mounted on 14k yellow gold measuring 2.9cm long and 2.8cm wide, and the supporting chain measuring 19 inches long. Set against the delicate and warm 'maroon' background color of a romantically heart-shaped sard-onyx measuring 2.3 x 2.2cm, is depicted the artfully carved profile of an elegant and classical feminine figure, wearing a wreath and ribbons in her wavy hair. Masterfully carved 'en relief' in 'white on pale maroon' colored hard-stone, this enchanting portrait is rendered from the white strata atop the pale-maroon sard-onyx. Surrounded by a lustrous perimeter of half-drilled 'pinkish-white' colored seed pearls measuring 2.5mm in diameter, these dainty organic gems of temptingly lustrous aesthetic are mounted on yellow gold prongs atop a heart-shaped gallery. The supporting 18k ..More

This Victorian hard-stone heart cameo Antique Necklace with an 18k yellow gold supporting chain weighs 12.9g, the hard-stone cameo pendant mounted on 14k yellow gold measuring 2.9cm long and 2.8cm wide, and the supporting chain measuring 19 inches long. Set against the delicate and warm 'maroon' background color of a romantically heart-shaped sard-onyx measuring 2.3 x 2.2cm, is depicted the artfully carved profile of an elegant and classical feminine figure, wearing a wreath and ribbons in her wavy hair. Masterfully carved 'en relief' in 'white on pale maroon' colored hard-stone, this enchanting portrait is rendered from the white strata atop the pale-maroon sard-onyx. Surrounded by a lustrous perimeter of half-drilled 'pinkish-white' colored seed pearls measuring 2.5mm in diameter, these dainty organic gems of temptingly lustrous aesthetic are mounted on yellow gold prongs atop a heart-shaped gallery. The supporting 18k yellow gold chain of this Victorian Necklace is rendered in twisted-rope motif to enhance the glittering effect of gold and secures with a spring clasp.

Cameos can be hard-stone or a conch shell into which a design is carved 'en relief', often contrasting the naturally occurring cameo colors. The fashion for cameos was brought back to France from Italy after the Italian Campaign of 1796. Napoleon was fascinated by their beauty and commissioned the mounting of several for his personal use in tiaras, necklaces, bracelets and earrings with gold bezels sometimes decorated with seed pearl borders. Cameos became fashionable once more by the middle of the 19th century, larger and bolder this time than during Napoleonic times. From the 1840's Italy excelled in the production of 'cameo-habille' consisting of shell carvings where the subject, oftentimes a female figure, was adorned with gem-set jewels. The same technique was pioneered in France by Dafrique who became famous for his 'cameo-anime', usually designed as hard-stone cameos of Negro girls clad in ruby and rose-cut diamonds.

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Center Stone Details
Stone:Sardonyx (Hardstone)
Cut:Cameo
Carat Weight: NC
Color: White on Pale Maroon
Clarity: NC
Other Stones
Cultured Pearls  
Cut: Half-drilled
Color: Pinkish-white
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Item Details
Measurements: 19in(L) + 2.9cm(L) x 2.8cm(W)
Weight:12.9g
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