VINTAGE 10K GOLD VICTORIAN CARVED SARDONYX BROWN SHELL CAMEO PIN NECKLACE. This Antique Pendent/Brooch is a Hand Carved Shell Cameo, set in a 10K yellow gold, , and in Excellent condition, stamped on back, 10k. And it depicts a lady dancing, with flowing gown, and holding a harp type instrument.
Brooch Also Pendant cameo is carved from one piece of brown. Shells and stones are naturally layered in colour, for example, the underside may be dark brown, whilst the top may be white in colour. A cameo-carver artisan, due to their years of training, knows how to carve the shell or stone, so that the white part is the picture (eg, a lady), and the background is the dark part of the shell or stone. The sardonyx shell has a thick outer wall and a dark brown interior, and when carved it can resemble marble. Cameos carved in sardonyx shells are distinctive in color with a dark brown background and white foreground, and frequently cost more because the shells are rare.
Cameo carving is a highly skilled craft, which involves a long apprenticeship and a complete understanding of the materials being used. The basic theory behind both hard stone and shell carving is that the artist develops a deep knowledge of how best to cut and shape a material, so the different coloured layers of shell or stone can be carved and manipulated to their best advantage. For example, a piece of agate may have three layers of colour (eg brown at the bottom, white in the centre, and black at the top). The artisans use their knowledge to take advantage of the layers, leaving the brown as a flat base, the white above this is carved as the portrait, and the black above that is carved into hair. This gives the lifelike 3-D appearance of the fine cameos we see.The item "VINTAGE 10K GOLD VICTORIAN CARVED SARDONYX BROWN SHELL CAMEO PIN NECKLACE" is in sale since Thursday, January 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos".
The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.