Victorian Shell Cameo

Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo

Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo
Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo
Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo
Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo
Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo
Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo

Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo    Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo
Cameos are carved from sheet or minerals where there ae two adjacent layers of contrasting colors to create the contrast to create a portrait or scene. The earliest cameos came from Napples where students are taught to carve on shells to practice and develop their skills this highly demanding art form. And this example is some of the finest work to derive from that tradition.

This cameo is quite large and measures 42mm wide X 51 mm in height and 10.5 mm in depth. Due to the curvature of the shell from which it was carved the 14K solid yellow gold frame that supports the cameo has to be completely custom made to follow the contour of the shell from which the cameo was carved.

The frame is further enhanced by a twisted wire gadroon border. The back of the cameo is fitted with both a pin back to be worn as a brooch or a rotating hasp so it can also be worn as a pendant. The detail to the carving is exceptional and shows exquisite detailing in the flowers, the hair and the aquiline profile of the face. The total weight of the cameo is 9.70 DWT or15.00 grams.

Please note the pin shaft is not gold and may have been replaced at some time during the life of the cameo. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog. The item "Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo" is in sale since Sunday, November 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Fine Jewelry\Fine Pins & Brooches\Other Fine Pins & Brooches". The seller is "debrasan" and is located in Butler, New Jersey.

This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Brand: Cameo
  • Metal Purity: 14k
  • Metal: Yellow Gold
  • Main Stone Color: tan/white
  • Main Stone: shell cameo
  • Base Metal: Yellow Gold, 14k


Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo    Antique Victorian 14K Solid Gold Framed Portrait Shell Cameo