Vtg 1930s Art Deco 10k Gold Carved Shell Cameo Seed Pearl Brooch Pin Pendant
A classical Art Deco cameo with distinguishing features that add charm and femininity to the piece. The hand carved shell cameo is depicted in fairly slight but distinct relief with her large, almond shaped eyes being a notable feature. Extra flourishes were given to the 10k gold setting. A ribbon-like border is braided with a strand of tiny seed pearls and punctuated with larger pearls at four sides. With a swiveling bale, this piece was made to be worn as you please, brooch one day or pendant the next. This piece is fresh looking and was well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection. The gold has a bright patina without any dents and a modest amount of surface wear. The cameo is intact without any chipping or cracking to the base and there is just a minimal amount of surface wear to the portraits details. The seed pearls are fresh looking with little wear and maybe one or two of the tiny pearls are missing in the setting. There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. 1 3/8, just under (excluding bale). Secure, and original, original bale that pivots up and down. (if the piece is not marked it is tested for gold content). Natural shell and natural seed pearls.
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 (versus being molded in plastic or glass).
Other factors that increase collectability are how rare the depiction is, the quality and craftsmanship of the carving, and how high the relief of the portrait is from the cameos base. There are certain pieces that fall into a distinct collectable category, sometimes referred to as classics. However, the most collectable of these classics are those that include something special (such as an extra design element) that set them apart from other similar pieces. _gsrx_vers_837 GS 7.0.15 (837).
The item "Vtg 1930s Art Deco 10k Gold Carved Shell Cameo Seed Pearl Brooch Pin Pendant" is in sale since Sunday, May 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Cameos". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California.
This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Jewelry Type: Necklace, Pendant
- Material: Shell
- Metal Purity: 10k
- Main Stone: Pearl
- Brand: Cameo
- Metal: Yellow Gold