Antique 14K Gold Seed Pearl Onyx HARDSTONE Finely Carved CAMEO Pendant Classical
Antique 14K Gold Seed Pearl Onyx HARDSTONE Finely Carved CAMEO Pendant Classical. Bezel-set in 14 karat gold, surrounded by natural seed pearls, this hand carved antique hardstone cameo from around the late 1800s is elegant and romantic. The carving is highly detailed and the lady, in classic profile, has finely chiseled features and an intricate upswept hairdo. She has an air of determination, with her long neck, proud Roman or aquiline nose and the determined jut of her chin. Inspired by the classic beauties of ancient Greece or Rome, she looks like someone of royal or immortal birth, perhaps a Princess or a Goddess. Her lush, wavy hair is in a chignon, adorned with multiple ornaments, including a coronet and a ribbon, the ends of which rest on her shoulder. Strands of hair fall loosely from the curls at the nape of her neck and are carved from a thinner layer to give them a wispy look, as are her delicate facial features. The white gemstone stands out sharply against the dark background and has an ethereal, translucent quality that brings the lady to life. She has an intriguing expression, her sensual, curving lips in an attractive pout, as if quite accustomed to having her way. Just look at her face. It is the epitome of classic beauty, the kind that was said to have launched a thousand ships. The pendant measures about 1" tall, not including the bail or ring at the top, by 3/4" wide by about 1/4 deep and weighs 5.2 grams. With the contrasting color, scalloped outline of the lustrous seed pearl frame and fine carving, this pendant is Stunning! The pendant acid tests as 14 karat gold (except the bail and ring at the top, which are not gold). It is over a century old and has a small chip at the lower right corner of her neck and a minuscule surface flake on the left, just below the bend in the ribbon, both shown in the (enlarged) photos (and reflected in the price). And apart from this, the pendant is in Very Good vintage condition with just expected light scratches, tarnish and surface dirt (like the annoying black specks on the back of her neck and hair ornament, which I have not attempted to remove and mention only for completeness). Well proportioned and beautifully carved, this miniature sculpture and work of art will give you the romance and feminine allure that cameos have brought their wearers for centuries. - it would also make a perfect gift, although I doubt you will want to part with it and will come to you in a gift box, just in case.
Despite any minor imperfections, this is an exquisite antique hand carved hardstone cameo of an elegant lady in 14 karat gold and seed pearls to add to your collection! Please see our other listings for more great vintage jewelry.
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The seller is "momandpopcybershop" and is located in Houston, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Italy