A cameo is a form of glyptography, or bas-relief carving, most often cut into glass, hard-stones, and shells. Artworks were crafted to create two layers on one piece of material, the top of which protruded from its background, creating a multi-dimensional artwork. These detailed reliefs were often used to adorn pieces of jewelry, including brooches, necklaces, bracelets and rings. The earliest cameos took inspiration from prehistoric petroglyphs, which documented important religious and symbolic iconography onto rock faces.
Victorians loved cameos, and wore them prolifically throughout the era. Our beautifully carved lady is the centerpiece of this bracelet. Her elaborate tresses have beautiful flowers woven throughout, and she wears a swath of lace at her breast, and a string of pearls at her throat. A halo of 32 natural seed pearls encircles our lovely lady, and she is set in 14 karat yellow gold, with beautiful scrolls adorning either side of the cameo. With a simple clasp, it's easy to take on and off without assistance. An elegant and striking piece, she will take you to the romantic Victorian Era every time you wear her!
Dimensions: 7 1/2" inner diameter
Weight: 19.5 grams
Materials: Gold, seed pearls, carved cameo
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Very good antique condition