This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well. Taken care of, the signs of wear are noticeable on close inspection. The gold setting has a bright patina with minor surface scratching and wear to the finish, and no dents or misshapen spots.
The cameo is intact with a minor amount of surface wear and no cracking or chipping. The chain is also gold filled but not original to the piece.
The faux pearls and glass drop all look original with a minor amount of surface wear noticeable on very close inspection. There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. 15 3/4 chain, 1 1/2 excluding bale.
Secure, the chain is not original to the pendant. Material Tests for gold filled, natural shell and glass. 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_1251 GS 8.2.1 (1251). The item "Antique Victorian Edwardian Carved Shell Cameo Gold Filled Lavaliere Necklace" is in sale since Wednesday, January 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped to United States.