A very rare and distinctive hand carved antique coral cameo brooch in wonderful condition too! Very attractive Exquisite Art Nouveau Coral Cameo Pin Beautifully carved Art Nouveau coral cameo brooch of a lady in profile decorated with a hair ornament set into a 14K yellow gold balls frame dotted with bezel set A carved salmon colored coral cameo in high relief, set in a generous 14k gold mounting.The hand-carved, nicely done oval cameo depicts a woman's bust in profile (face and decolletage) in relief, The higher relief of this carving, and the natural coral renders it rarer and more desirable and less common than the more widely used shell cameos. Coral has been valued and used for jewelry fabrication and decoration since the earliest history of man.
It was used as a form of currency along with amber by Paleolithic man and pieces of Mediterranean coral have been found in the Neolithic city of Catal Huyuk, Central Anatolia that date to 8,000 years BCE. In ancient Egypt coral jewels were popular during the times of Ptolemy, over 2000 years ago. Coral was traded across the ancient and modern world via established trade routes to Italy, where the major workshops were located, and then to Central Europe, Siberia and the Celtic countries, while other types of coral traveled from the Indian Ocean across Asia to Tibet and Mongolia. The Victorians adored coral, carving it into delicate roses and cameos and since the late 1800's, American Indians have incorporated red coral into many of their jewelry designs. Today coral is equally prized in jewelry making, while live corals and products such as coral rock have become increasingly popular in the marine aquarium trade.
Since ancient times coral was believed to cure madness, give wisdom, prevent sterility, calm storms, promote positive forms of social activity and provide protection against plague and pestilence. It was also thought to enable travelers to cross rivers safely. Red coral symbolizes attachment and devotion. Amongst tribal cultures past and present it is universally believed to ward off the evil eye and bad luck, and it is still common for children and young women to wear coral necklaces for protection.
In Vedic astrology red coral is associated with the planet Mars. The item "ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 14K GOLD CORAL PIN BROOCH HAND CARVED HIGH RELIEF" is in sale since Wednesday, May 02, 2018.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.