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 accessorized with them prolifically throughout the era. Our fabulous lady is carved from onyx, revealing a beautiful white portrait of a fine lady wearing a tiara and veil, much like a Spanish princess in her jewels and finery, with a mantilla flowing around her head. The handsome 14 karat gold oval setting is rimmed with perfect boules around the perimeter, and accented at top and bottom with filigree work. Five diamonds at the top are embellished with black enamel, indicating that this could well be a mourning piece. This beautiful brooch also has a hidden bale, making it possible to wear on a chain if desired. A striking piece fit for a Princes!
Dimensions: 1 7/8" x 1 3/16"
Weight: 10.8 grams
Materials: Gold, diamond, carved onyx cameo
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition