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Both cameo and frame date circa 1840-1860. Hand carved in the rare found pink-rose color carnelian stone. The Gold work is handmade by a Master Goldsmith in the Early Victorian time period. The theme is of a Georgian Woman, caved into the lightest part of the rose Carnelian and the background is the deepest color of the stone; but all one stone was use to create the cameo.
Information on Cameos:
During the 18th century, men purchased carved gems to mark their prestige and culture.
Beautiful, carved images used for personal adornment have cast their romantic spell over people's imaginations for thousands of years. As both a sentimental keepsake and a work of art, concentrating major drama into a minute space, the cameo is one of the most treasured sculpted images. A cameo is a small scene or figure carved in relief. This modern Italian word, meaning, "to engrave, " is though to have come from the ancient Hebrew/Arabic word "kamea", meaning "charm" or "amulet." Folklore relates cameos' mystic capacity to attract health and good fortune.
This is a work of Art and in Excellent condition, the gold wires have been replace with new 14 karat yellow gold wires. The current insured value is $2700.00 as of June 2016.