Georgian Italian Sardonyx Cameo Gold Brooch

$6,600.00

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Description

An enchanting early 19th century Roman lady in three-layer banded sardonyx cameo encased in 7.8 dwt of 10K gold/pinchbeck. The reddish brown and white-banded characteristics of the stone are utilized and carved in layers to depicts a Roman lady’s profile. The profile is facing left with a crown of grape leaves adorning her hair. The gold mount frame has a lovely repouss√© scroll work design with breathtaking chased flowers and leaves. Cameo collectors love the artistry of such miniature sculptures. This rare beauty is perfect for cameo connoisseurs or gemmaphile who wants to wear a remarkable piece to wear on special occasions.

Weight:
7.2 DWT 12 grams

Additional information

Dimensions L 0.5 x W 1.75 x H 1.75 in
Style / Period

Georgian

Year / Century

1830

Place of Origin

Italy

Material

Sardonyx , 10K Gold/Pinchbeck

Condition

The pin closure is in good working order. The bezel and frame are made from gold, but the actual pin is not. The pin sticks out on the right edge to accommodate the thick fabrics of the gown used during the period. The patina on the gold highlights the chased flower and leaf patterns delightfully. The gold is pinchbeck which was not uncommon during that time period. The mount has lovely chasing and repoussé scrollwork. The rim holding the hardstone has some microscopic fractures from the original hammering. The rim holding the hardstone is also connected to the mount frame by four hinged pins.

The sardonyx is in one piece but cut in three layers. Being hand carved makes this cameo unique and one of a kind. The stone has microscopic hairlines fractures due to their age or often by origin. It also has two very tiny chips. These stress lines and tiny chips are acceptable for antique gemstone cameos. We will be happy to provide more closeup images upon request.

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