E622 Quality Gold, Cameo Earrings, Sardonyx Shell, set with Seed Pearls:


The handmade gold settings are made of 15 karat yellow gold and 14 karat gold wires. The earring would have been made in the Victorian Classical Period of Jewelry design, which falls into the 1860s to 1880's time periods. The gold settings hold fine detail of finely carved Shell Cameos from the Sardonyx Shell. The theme is of a woman of the Classical period.
Twenty-seven natural Seed Pearls of 2 mm each are set around each Cameo.
The sardonyx shell has a thick outer wall and a dark brown interior, and when carved it can resemble marble. Cameos carved in sardonyx shells are distinctive in color with a dark brown background and white foreground, and frequently cost more because the shells are rare.
Information on Cameos:
The most popular cameos today are carved in seashells, a tradition that began in the fifteenth or sixteenth century and was popularized by Queen Victoria of England. Since that time, cameos have predominately showcased women’s profiles, and been worn by women who enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of hand-carved cameos.

Cameos have not always been jewelry for women. In fact, at different points in history, they have been worn as frequently by men. While the birthplace of the cameo was nearly 300 years before the birth of Christ in Alexandria, Egypt, cameos owe their origins to ancient carving traditions. As far back as 15,000 BC, petroglyphs — figures carved into rock — were used to record significant events and communicate information. In ancient times people used cameos to depict an ethic or moral, or to make a statement about their faith or loyalties.

In the centuries since, cameos have been used for various purposes and decorated with a wide range of carvings:

Early Greek and Roman carvings featured images of gods and goddesses, themes from mythology, beautiful women and biblical events.
Many cameos through history depict living heroes or rulers.
In the Hellenistic era, young women used cameos as charms to express desire. A woman could wear a cameo depicting a dancing Eros as a seductive invitation to love.
During the Renaissance, Pope Paul II was an avid cameo collector. According to history, this love ultimately led to his death. His excessive display of carved gems and stones on his fingers kept his hands so cold that he caught the chill that meant his death.
Cameos have been used on helmets, and military accessories like breastplates and sword handle, on rings and other jewelry, and on vases, cups, and dishes.
Women began collecting cameos to prove cultural status during the Elizabethan period. At the same time, tourist travels to the ruins of Pompeii were on the rise and women began collecting shell and lava cameos as souvenirs to remember their travel.
During the 18th century, men purchased carved gems to mark their prestige and culture.
Cameos enchanted Napoléon, who wore a cameo to his wedding and founded a school in Paris to teach the art of cameo carving to young apprentices.
The earrings are 1 1/4 inches tall and 3/4 of an inch wide, they are in excellent condition and stong to wear.

Price: $1,080.00