Vintage Cameo Habillé Pin

REF # HO603P1D

Vintage Cameo Habillé Pin/ Pendant Old Mine-cut Diamond

ThisVintage Brooch is a cameo habill pin and pendant, framed in 14k yellow gold, weighing 22.9g and measuring 55mm long and 40mm wide. Immaculately hand-carved against a delightful 'light-tan' colored background, this stunning 1930's vintage cameo depicts the dreamy and enchanting profile of a wreath-crowned goddess clad in Romanesque attire, her delicate features having been sculptured immaculately 'en relief' in natural conch shell of a delightfully contrasting 'cream' color. This alluring cameo portrait is ornamented with an intricate 14k white gold pendant of hexagonal format, adorned with a bead-set 0.07ct old mine-cut diamond graded 'light-brown' color and SI1 clarity, enhanced by delicately mille grained contours, worn around the neck of the goddess with a twisted-rope chain riveted and secured on the reverse of the shell cameo. The highly ornate, ovular 14k yellow gold frame of this enchanting vintage shell cameo is ..More

ThisVintage Brooch is a cameo habill pin and pendant, framed in 14k yellow gold, weighing 22.9g and measuring 55mm long and 40mm wide. Immaculately hand-carved against a delightful 'light-tan' colored background, this stunning 1930's vintage cameo depicts the dreamy and enchanting profile of a wreath-crowned goddess clad in Romanesque attire, her delicate features having been sculptured immaculately 'en relief' in natural conch shell of a delightfully contrasting 'cream' color. This alluring cameo portrait is ornamented with an intricate 14k white gold pendant of hexagonal format, adorned with a bead-set 0.07ct old mine-cut diamond graded 'light-brown' color and SI1 clarity, enhanced by delicately mille grained contours, worn around the neck of the goddess with a twisted-rope chain riveted and secured on the reverse of the shell cameo. The highly ornate, ovular 14k yellow gold frame of this enchanting vintage shell cameo is enhanced by a finely chiseled border and encircled by an alluring seed pearl perimeter, composed of full-drilled, 'antique-cream' colored seed pearls graded 'good nacre', measuring 2.5mm in diameter. This authentic 1930's vintage shell cameo habill brooch features the original security pin and clasp, and a round bale offering versatility of wear as a pendant.

Cameo is a hard-stone or a 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 era. From the 1840's Italy excelled in the production of 'cameo-habill' 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-anim', usually designed as hard-stone cameos of Negro girls clad in ruby and rose-cut diamonds.

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Center Stone Details
Stone:Shell Cameo
Cut:Hand-Carved
Carat Weight: NA
Color: Light-tan & Cream
Clarity: NA
Other Stones
Diamond  0.07cts
Cut: Old Mine
Color: Light-brown
Clarity: SI1
Seed-pearls  NA
Cut: Full-drilled
Color: Antique-cream
Clarity: Very Good Nacre
Item Details
Measurements: 5.5cm(L) x 4cm(W)
Weight:22.9g
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