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SOLD Antique 14K & Carved Shell Cameo Earrings

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  • $400.00
  • Regular price $795.00

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 serene gentlelady has a modest stance and a sweet half smile upon her lips. Her garb seems to be a tribute to Heraldic times, which is consistent with the Victorian's love of romantic literature and motifs.

The design on these earrings is commonly referred to as 'Rebecca At The Well', a scenic motif with a full length female figure outside a building or shelter of some sort. It was very popular during the Civil War, as many women waited for their husbands and sons to return home from battle. Delicately carved from shell and sweetly framed in 14 karat yellow gold, they have unique posts for pierced ears with screw-on backs. A gorgeous pair that will be prized in your collection for years to come!

Details (approximate)

Dimensions: 1 1/4" long

Weight: 2.5 grams each

Materials: Gold, Carved Shell Cameo

Metal: 14K yellow gold

Marks: None

Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear