A Greek Goddess - Victorian 10K Gold Carved Conch Shell Signed Cameo & Natural Pearl Pendant/Brooch & 14K Gold Chain (VICP098)
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A Greek Goddess - Victorian 10K Gold Carved Conch Shell Signed Cameo & Natural Pearl Pendant / Brooch & 14K Gold Chain. This glorious pendant/brooch is crafted from 10K gold, tested and confirmed. The chain is crafted from 14K gold, hallmarked 585 (14K) and stamped Italy. Featuring one genuine carved conch shell cameo, numerous natural freshwater seed pearls, exquisite detail, and high quality craftsmanship. This gorgeous pendant showcases a beautiful pink and white carved Greek goddess and ivy. the cameo has a much desired high relief (a characteristic of antique cameos). The beautiful cameo is expertly bezel set, and exhibits exquisite decoration and strung pearls. The pearls are strung on gold wires, displaying a silvery white color. The chain is a Gucci design, and features a secure spring ring clasp in perfect working order. This Victorian era pendant can be worn as a pendant or brooch, so versatile and beautifully made. Truly a treasure to be cherished and enjoyed for many years to come.
Note: Appraisal included with the pendant & Chain. Contemporary appraisals not not reflect the antique value of antique /vintage jewelry.
History: Many of the earliest forms of cameo can be traced back to prehistoric petroglyphs, used to depict religious figures and mythological images onto rocks. With the rise of the Roman Empire, cameo craftsmen began to expand upon their uses and portrayed political portraits into their artwork.
When Was Gold First Discovered? Dating back more than 5,000 years, when gold was first discovered – albeit usually in small quantities – attracted the eye of early man nearly everywhere. And unlike most metals, gold often appears in nature in its pure form so it need not be refined.
Measurements: Pendant 35.00 mm x 28.00 mm Chain 18"
Stone Size: Cameo 30.00 mm x 25.00 mm Pearl 1.00 mm -1.50 mm
Weight: Pendant/Brooch & Chain 10.00 grams
Origin: Pendant: Italy Chain: Italy
Date: Circa 1890