Victorian Shell Cameo

Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant

Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant
Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant
Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant
Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant
Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant
Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant
Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant

Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant   Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant
Wearing her Trojan hat and ready for battle, this Victorian pendant depicts the goddess Athena, a symbol for wisdom, handicraft and warfare. Made from natural shell and 10k gold, the cameo is in shallow relief with crisp and artistic carving creating a distinct and unique depiction of her. The plume of the Galea (helmet) bristles with detail and her slight smile of steadfast determination is bewitching. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well. Taken care of, the signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.

The gold setting has a bright patina, a soft amount of surface wear and no dents or misshapen spots. The cameo is intact with no chipping and minor surface wear so the details are crisp and refined. There are no cracks or chips to the shell. The pinback was added at some point and is not original and it is not gold. There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.

Secure, is not original and is not gold. Material Tests for 10k gold, natural shell. Cameo jewelry dates back hundreds of years, recognized by a scene, persons profile, or a figure carved into a material with a raised relief. The most valuable cameos are carved by hand into shell, lava, or a natural gemstone like amethyst (not plastic or glass).

Other factors that increase collectability are how rare the depiction is, the quality of the carving, and how high the relief is. On Handmade or Hand-Carved Jewelry.

Handmade or hand-carved jewelry is valued because it is, by default, one of a kind. Unlike machine-made pieces, a handmade piece can never be replicated in the exact same way, and so they will always reveal the at-the-moment intent of the individual maker.

Often, the pieces have a distinctively visceral feel, as though you can sense the painstaking labor that went into every aspect. _gsrx_vers_1233 GS 8.1.1 (1233).

The item "Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant" is in sale since Monday, December 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped to United States.

  • Metal Purity: 10k
  • Brand: Cameo
  • Metal: Yellow Gold
  • Featured Refinements: Shell Cameo


Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant   Antique Victorian 10K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Athena Brooch Pin Pendant