THIS JUST HAS TO BE AMONG THE FINEST CAMEOS EVER MADE. FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR/INVESTOR OF FINE ANTIQUE JEWELRY, WHEN HAVE YOU SEEN A BETTER EXAMPLE OF THE ART OF CAMEO CARVING?
Today we are excited to offer for sale a spectacular and very rare and unusual antique carved shell cameo. We believe this piece is English, created in the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, shortly after her purchase of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, when there was a fascination and obsession with all things Scottish. This is a hand carved cameo type pin set in 22K gold. The carving uses only the white part of the shell and features an arm holding a large bouquet of thistles, an emblem of Scotland. The arm shows a full sleeve with cross hatched details and a double frilled cuff. The bouquet has long stems and a large full bloom thistle in the center with bud flowers and leaves surrounding it. The frame is fitted to the curve of the shell carving and features an embossed decoration surrounded by a tube setting adorned with embossed beads on each side.
The brooch is unmarked but jeweler-tested at 22K gold (virtually pure solid gold – quite unusual and highly precious). The closure is a tube or t-bar type with a locking closure. We believe the pin and locking clasp were replaced with a white tone metal, stronger than the original gold and with the safety closure to prevent loss. This is a statement piece and quite large, measuring 2 3/8″ w x 2 1/8″ h. This brooch is just stunning, we really can’t say enough superlatives to describe it. Brooch presents beautifully and is in excellent antique, pre-owned condition, with very minimal wear, tarnish and patina commensurate with age. There is one small dent to the outside of the setting in the top right hand corner (one o’clock in the photos). Mentioned only for accuracy, it doesn’t detract and it’s amazing that that’s the only tiny flaw as 22k gold is super-soft. Add timeless, classic elegance to your fine jewelry collection with this amazing brooch — sure to be a centerpiece for years to come! You’ll never find another!
Dimensions: 2 3/8″ in width, 2 1/8″ in height
Total Weight: 30 grams
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