14K Yellow Gold Carved Shell Cameo Pendant Pin Brooch European – This is a gorgeous 14K gold estate cameo pendant pin. It is marked 585 for European origin, jeweler tested and Guaranteed solid 14K gold. Beautifully deep carved with ornate decoration, very pretty and symmetrical facial features, fancy hair and a fairly good size.
Cameo – natural shell, intricate carving
Metal – solid 14K gold
Size – 1 1/2″ tall by 1 3/16″ wide without the bale, taller with the bale extended upward for a necklace chain.
Weight – 5.3 grams
Age – mid century
Face – very drippy upswept hair which flows down to the shoulder and has a wide carved bow decoration, deep cared intaglio eye with curved brow that is very well carved, small curved nose with rounded nostril, full lips upward and smiling, carved necklace and floral decoration to her blouse that drapes down from the shoulder. Super pretty, fine example carved by an experienced seasoned hand.
Condition – From an estate and very well cared for. Completely original. Never altered, modified or repaired. Although there are no cracks or hairlines there is an internal fissure/inclusion that is natural and contained to the inside of the shell. When you run your fingernail over the outside there is no opening or hairline. The outside of the shell is all good and smooth. No internal imperfection is eye visible at all when the cameo is worn. All of the 14K gold is also good. No dents or dings. No cracks or tears. Never repaired. All good and not worn down. The locking clasp is strong and secure and works with ease. The bale is soldered to the top ring so it won’t come apart.
This is a stunning cameo with a beautiful showy portrait in excellent condition for your vintage jeweler collection.