Hand painted miniature portraits were the predecessors of photographs. When there was no other way to record a likeness of someone, the miniatures were treasured and passed down in families. Some portrait miniatures were painted of a specific person, and others were of classic style beauties rather than a particular real person. Often, these pieces were made into jewelry and worn as decoration, such as our ring. The Victorians loved to collect pieces from travels to other countries, and this little gem is most likely a souvenir piece.
Converted from an antique brooch, we have paired her with a replica shank in 14 karat yellow gold. The finely painted lady is wearing a costume associated with the countryside in Portugal. She is gesturing with a shell in her hand, perhaps tempting passersby with cockles and clams. Around her neck is a string of pearls or seashells, with a wee coral branch attached! Don't you just love it when your jewelry wears jewelry?! A wonderful, one of a kind find, she is sure to bring delight wherever you take her!
Size (can be resized): 7.5
Weight: 6.8 grams
Materials: Gold, Hand Painted Porcelain
Metal: 12K yellow gold (original element), 14K yellow gold (replica shank)
Condition: Very good converted Antique condition.