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new CAMEO OF GODDESS FLORA ( Antique Victorian Bone Cameo Brooch / Pin ): This is a beautifully carved bone Victorian Cameo from my personal collection featuring the Roman goddess of Spring – Flora. (c. 1870-80) She is also one of several Roman goddesses of fertility. In this rendition not only does she have a crest of roses surrounding her forehead but the Cameo is set in a bed of roses and leaves delicately carved with multiple openings making it three dimensional. Could there be a more perfect setting for Flora? The bust itself is very three dimensional as is the double strand of pearls around her neck. The brooch has its original C clasp closure on the back. The dark photo shows the lovely grain of the piece best seen on the back. She is simply breathtaking!

Condition: Excellent. No broken tips
.Size: Large – 2 7/8” high, 1 7/8” wide, 3/4” deep.



new TWO GODDESSES “DAY & NIGHT” ( Antique Victorian Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): The romantic Victorians loved the subjects, “Day” and “Night”. This exquisite hand carved Antique Shell Cameo, circa 1870, presents the personification of the goddesses – “Day and Night” in combination. Each displays their respective attributes. On the left, Day (Eos/Aurora) is seen with roses in her hair and the rays of sun radiating above her head as she welcomes in the day. On the right, Night (Nyx/Nox) wears the veil of night with poppies – the narcotic, sleep inducing plant, in her hair. Her eyes are closed. Two stars and the moon can be seen floating above her head. Zeus, in the guise of an eagle, rests on the clouds - providing a serene scene of the gods in peaceful harmony. This Victorian Cameo is remarkable for its delicacy of execution and poetic feeling. A seductive and alluring Cameo reminding us that angels of many sorts greet us night and day. A highly sought after Cameo subject, especially with Zeus appearing as an eagle, “Day and Night” will continue to fascinate and delight you. The mounting is engraved 14 KT gold decorated with black enamel leaves. Treat yourself to this beauty!

Condition: Excellent. One small stress mark above Eos can be seen only on trans-illumination.
Size: Medium – 2” wide, 1 7/8” high, 3/8” deep.



new YOUNG QUEEN VICTORIA CAMEO ( Antique Victorian Bone Cameo Pendant / Pin ): Despite having no provenance as proof, I feel strongly this beautifully carved Victorian Bone Cameo is indeed the young Queen Victoria. (c. 1890-1900) She is obviously a real person wearing a crown as opposed to a girl from Greek or Roman mythology. She does have a likeness to the portrait miniature Victoria gave to Prince Albert. Granted, she is glamorized but cameos of this quality, commonly carved in France or Italy, were generally aimed for the wealthy English tourist – so it make sense. And, to the best of my knowledge, Victoria was the only woman crowned as queen at a young age during the 1800's. Her hair is quite lovely with a bow in the back and she is wearing a small earring. She is carved in very high relief so she is quite three dimensional. She has a feint pink patina which adds to her beauty. The darker photo shows how the grain gracefully follows her cheek, neck and shoulder. The cameo is mounted in an engraved Sterling Silver setting decorated with a rope twist with a pin and safety clasp closure. It has a swivel pendant bale which folds down when worn as a brooch. A cameo fit for a Queen!

Condition: Excellent. There is a fine crack on the back which does not come through to the front. There is a small fine crack at the lower edge which can only be seen on close observation (see photo).
Size: Large – 2 5/8” high, 2 3/8” wide, 7/8” deep.



new CAMEO OF “HOPE” ( Antique Victorian Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): A haunting and prevalent image from the late 18th & early 19th Centuries is that of a woman with an anchor waiting to see if her husband, out to sea for months at a time, will ever return. Dressed in idealized attire of the Grecian style, far from pathetic, she is a female Atlas, bearing a world of grief on her slim shoulders. In this Victorian Shell Cameo the woman is leaning on a anchor with her bowed head leaning on her left hand. (c. 1860-70) The anchor represents part of the Christian theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity or Love. The anchor theme always represents “Hope and Salvation”. The cameo is mounted in a 14 KT decorative gold setting. It has a C clasp closure with an interesting type of safety feature shown in the photos. This “Cameo of Hope” is a tangible touchstone from the past – an age where grief and remembrance were an integral part of life.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Medium – 2” high, 1 5/8” wide, 5/8” deep.



new FASHIONABLE LADY IN JET ( Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Cameo Brooch / Pin ): This is an exquisitely carved English Antique Whitby Jet Cameo (c. 1870-80) featuring a lovely and fashionably dressed young lady. She has a darling straw hat decorated with a ribbon tied in the back and a flower in front. Her beautiful long curls hang down over her shoulder where she wears a fur cape tied in front with a bow. Jet is fossilized wood. The Whitby mines produced the finest Jet with which to make jewelry. It was light in weight and easy to carve without cracking. It became popular in the Victorian era due to Queen Victoria favoring it as Mourning Jewelry during her long period of mourning over the death of Prince Albert. Thus Whitby thrived as a tourist destination and spa town. This pin has an original long stemmed C clasp pin back on a gold colored plate glued to the back of the pin. You will not find a more beautifully carved Jet Brooch. Don't miss out!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Medium – 2 1/4” high, 1 7/8” wide, 3/4” deep.



new ZEUS – KING OF MOUNT OLYMPUS ( Antique Victorian Bone Cameo Pendant ): Zeus was the Greek God of the Sky and Thunder who ruled as the king of the gods from atop Mount Olympus. His wife was Hera and he had multiple children including Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena, Dionysus, Hebe and Helen of Troy. This beautifully carved Victorian Bone Cameo Pendant (c. 1880-90) is modernized, as the Victorian artists were prone to do, but as always he has a long curly beard. In this rendition he wears a crown and a cape over some type of armor. You can see the grain along the upper edge in the last dark photo. It is mounted in a modern Sterling Silver setting with a nice sized bale at the top. Male Cameos are not that common and “Bone” jewelry has become difficult to find for sale so add this beautiful one to your collection.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Small – 1 1/2” high, 1 1/8” wide, 5/8” high.



new CUPID – GOD OF LOVE ( Antique Victorian Shell Cameo Pendant / Pin ): Here we have a Victorian Shell Cameo (c. 1860-70) of the most famous god of Roman mythology – Cupid. He is familiar to all of us. His Greek counterpart, Eros, was initially portrayed as a young man but by the rise of the Roman Empire he was usually portrayed as a child, the son of Venus, the Love Goddess, and Mars, the God of War. His popularity continued into the Middle Ages, the Renaissance Period and may have reached its zenith during the Victorian era as a subject for art and jewelry. Though he can still be seen today on Valentine cards all over the Western World. The Cupids found in Victorian Jewelry were most commonly copied from famous paintings but I could not find this one in my search. Please let me know if any of you know from whence he came. He is bezel set in a 14 KT gold twisted wire setting with a bale at the top and a safety clasp pin so you can wear him as a pendant or a brooch. Spread the love!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Small – 1 5/8” high, 1 3/8” wide, 1/4” deep.



new LEONARDO DA VINCI CAMEO ( Antique Victorian Lava Stone Cameo Brooch / Pin ): Cameos of men are relatively rare and most of them are from Greek or Roman mythology. Here we have a high relief Lava stone carving (c. 1870-80) of the living man who epitomized the Italian Renaissance Period – painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, mathematician, engineer, anatomist, cartographer, etc. Based on his red chalk self portrait, a painting of him by Francesca Melzi and a few others said to be of him, I'd say he was striking in appearance rather than handsome. Lava Cameos were typically carved by Italians as souvenirs for the tourist trade so he may have been glamorized a bit. This cameo is mounted in a gilt (gold over silver) setting with a replacement pin and roller safety clasp. Unlike most cameos this one is signed “Digiano”. The carving is crisp and clear with no wear. A striking cameo of a most remarkable man.

Condition: Excellent. Small chip on back.
Size: Small – 1 3/8” high, 1 1/8” wide, 1/2” high.



new THE BEAUTY OF TORTOISESHELL ( Antique Victorian Tortoiseshell Cameo Pierced Earrings ): Tortoiseshell became a popular medium for Victorian jewelry artists. Its versatility, rich colors and light weight all contributed to its popularity. These Antique Tortoiseshell Earrings (c. 1870-80) display all of those features – beautiful colors, interesting shape, two different cameos and comfort. The photos with the blue backgrounds show the delicate features, beautiful coiffures and draping dresses of the lovely women. All of the photos display the variegated coloring of tortoiseshell jewelry. The earrings have new delicate gold wire pierced earring findings. Treat yourself to Tortoiseshell!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Medium – 2 1/4” high, 1” wide, 3/8” deep.



MERCURY ( Antique Victorian Coral Mercury Cameo Pendant / Brooch ): I love coral and have always wanted a cameo of Mercury, the Roman Messenger of the Gods. So what could I do when I saw this magnificent hunk of that Coral God? Buy it, of course! When purchased it had no setting. I had my jeweler create one allowing it to be either a pendant or a brooch and yet not detract attention from the wonderful coral carving. (c. 1860-80) Mercury, known as Hermes in Greek Mythology, can always be recognized by the wings on his helmet. Please note the elevated feathered wing seen from the side view. As you probably know, coral is endangered in many places, making it unlikely this antique masterpiece could be duplicated today. The setting is marked “750” meaning 75% gold which equals 18 KT. Also marked “*537 NA”. The bale flips down so as to be invisible when worn as a brooch and the tip of the pin is hidden away in a tubular safety closure so it will not catch on your clothes when worn as a pendant. Mercury was also the God of Thieves and this Coral Cameo is a steal!

Condition: Excellent. Chain not included.
Size: 1 3/4” high, 1 3/4” wide, 5/8” deep.




QUEEN OF THE IMMORTALS ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Shell Cameo Brooch of Hera ): Hera/Juno, wife of Zeus, is the subject of this splendid large-scale Victorian hand carved shell Cameo. (c. 1840-60) Carved from Bull's Mouth shell, Hera wears a diadem (Spartan crown) and a veil signifying her roles as Queen of Olympus and a marriage divinity. She was the protector of marriage, children and families. The proud, regal peacock was her bird, reflecting her royal status. Hera put the eyes of her servant, Argus, into the peacock's one-hundred-eyed tail so he could keep watch on the misbehaving Zeus for her. Juno was Hera's Roman equivalent and her month, June, was favored for weddings. This magnificent cameo carving is a masterpiece of the carver's art – remarkable for its detail and use of the natural coloring of the shell. Notice the finely rendered roses in her hair, the swirls of hair curls and even the tiny “beads” in her diadem. The depth of her veil with its realistic folds is truly a wonder. Set in a 9 KT mount with a C clasp closure,the tiny ring at the top once held a safety chain. This is a large Cameo for a woman shopping for a statement piece. It has been in my personal collection for many years.

A superb quality large and eye-catching Antique Cameo Brooch – wonderfully wearable and enormously collectible. A gift to a loved one or for yourself.....a gift that will be treasured today, tomorrow and by future generations.

Condition: Excellent. Crisp and no evidence of wear.
Size: 2 5/8” high, 2” wide, 5/8” deep.





THE VANISHING BEAUTY OF TORTOISESHELL ( Antique Victorian Bacchante Tortoiseshell Cameo Pendant ): From my personal collection, I am offering an exquisite blend of old and new – truly unique in design. (c. 1850/2000) This dazzling designed Victorian Tortoiseshell Cameo has been reset in a spectacular pendant surrounded by 14 KT gold leaves with citrine and topaz semi-precious stones. The versatility of Tortoiseshell, its rich colors and light weight, all helped to make it one of the most popular sought-after materials to come from the sea. A deeply carved Bacchante, with grapes and grape leaves in her hair, is rendered with the utmost delicacy. Her arm is wrapped around her as if embracing her trademark hair decorations. Notice the smooth beauty of her face and arm. Her eyes gaze longingly at yesterday. But she is safe now, surviving as the centerpiece of this dream of a pendant. The gold leaves are repoussé work and vary in size. The three green citrine ovals are bezel set and the lovely triangular drop is a smoked topaz, echoing the color of the tortoiseshell maiden. There is a sizable pendant hook on the back. (The chain is not included.) I found this beauty of a cameo unset and had it for several years before I decided that she was simply too beautiful to be hidden away in a box. The result is a one-of-a-kind blend of eras that saved this vanishing beauty and returned her to her former splendor. The pendant is stunning against your skin, on ivory lace or smart and chic on shades of blue or green. Photos do not do justice to this pendant. I am certain that I will never have another piece like this. You will treasure this tortoiseshell pendant for another lifetime – so easy to love!

Condition: Excellent. No chips on tortoiseshell. The chain is not included.
Size: Entire pendant is 5 1/2” long, 2 1/4” wide. Cameo is 1 3/4” high, 1 1/4” wide, 3/8” deep.




THE BIRTH OF APHRODITE ( Antique Art Nouveau / Arts & Crafts Jewelry Hardstone Cameo Pendant ):Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. The myth of her birth has her rising from the sea on a scallop shell. She had no childhood and instead was born as a nubile fully grown adult. (The iconic representation of Aphrodite/Venus as a mature “Venus rising from the sea” was made famous in a much admired painting by Botticelli, circa 1485.) Goddess of love and beauty, her sole purpose was to be adored by gods and men. Her irresistible charm was the most formidable of her powers – magic to make the sanest man go mad! Her symbols were the dolphin, scallop shell, dove, mirror and the swan. In this carnelian hardstone cameo, Aphrodite, in a draped gown, holds the chariot shell reins to two dolphins as they pull her ashore. Set in an Art Nouveau style vermeil (gold wash over silver) framework, the curves are accented by tiny orbs creating a delightful scene of charm and fantasy. (c. 1900) A nice sized bale holds a lovely, golden box chain with a spring ring closure. This exquisite hardstone cameo is more difficult and time-consuming to fashion and requires a great deal of skill with lathe-held tools. Cameo experts point out that hardstones are not “carved” but more engraved. Truly a miniature sculpture complete down to the tiniest detail! This Cameo Pendant combines art and jewelry into one perfect piece of Antique excellence. A real treasure at a great price!

Condition: Excellent. A few of the “beads” of the border at the top of the hardstone show slight wear. The 14 KT chain is included.
Size: Frame work setting is 1 5/8” high, 1 3/8” wide. Hardstone Cameo is 1 1/4” high, 7/8” wide, 1/4” deep. Chain is 18” long.





A NEW DAY ( Victorian Antique Apollo & Aurora Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): This large, impressive, beautifully carved natural shell cameo (c. 1870-80) is an accurate depiction of Quido Reni's frescoed ceiling of the Casino dell' Aurora of the Rospigliosi Palace in Rome. It is considered his masterpiece. His fresco and this cameo show Apollo – god of the light, sun and prophecy among other things – surrounded by a circle of dancing women representing the hours of the day. His chariot is drawn by three horses led by Aurora/Eos, goddess of dawn and they are ascending up a roadway of clouds. A cupid flies above them holding a torch to light up a new day. Beneath the clouds lies a still dark area of land, sea, mountains and sky. I have included a photo of a poster of the original fresco. The cameo is in a gilt gold case mount decorated by a fine gold roping and twisted ribbon. It has a replacement shielded pin back closure. The size, incredible depth, quality and condition make this a museum piece that you can wear with the assurance of displaying the BEST!

Condition: Excellent. The cameo was removed in antiquity for safety's sake when the pin back was replaced. Areas of wire and solder used to firmly re-set the cameo can be seen only from the back.
Size: Total 3” wide, 2 1/2” high, 1/2” deep. Cameo 2 5/8” wide, 2 1/8” high.





LOVE FOR SALE ( Victorian Antique “Woman Selling Cupids” Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): No wonder the word “Romantic” comes from “Roman”. This beautifully hand-carved Victorian Shell Cameo (c. 1880-90) depicts a Roman woman selling Love in the form of Cupids. It is an amazingly accurate replication of a Roman Fresco taken from the wall of a wealthy Roman's Villa and now displayed in the National Archeological Museum in Naples. (I have photographed the original for comparison.) That Roman Villa was one of several in the small port town of Stabiae buried by the 6th and strongest eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Stabiae was first discovered in 1749 with excavation taking place up to 1782. It became reburied and forgotten until 1950. Because it was the site of a number of summer villas of wealthy Romans it contained many of the finest Mount Vesuvius related artifacts. This cameo has a simple 9KT rose gold setting – all one would want for a cameo scene with all this detail. Replacement hinge and pin stem with original C clasp and safety chain attached. Wouldn't it be great to be able to purchase a Cupid whom you could direct towards the one you loved?

Condition: Excellent. An antique that looks like new!
Size: Cameo alone 2” wide, 1 1/2” high, Total 2 1/8” wide, 1 5/8” high, 1/4” deep.





HERCULES ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): Over the years I have come to favor Antique Cameos based on either Greek Mythology or real life individuals. The great majority are women, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover this handsome mid-relief carved depiction of Hercules. That is the better known Roman name for this heroic god based on the Greek divinity – Heracles – son of Zeus and Alcemene and consort of Hebe – cup-bearer to the gods. Heracles was the greatest of the Greek heroes and a paragon of masculinity. His iconic attributes are the lion skin and the club – both shown on this cameo. One of his most famous feats of valor was that of killing the vicious Nemean Lion with his bare hands. It is the bases of many works of art. The plain jet setting of this Victorian Shell Cameo (c. 1870-90) provides the perfect masculine touch. It is beautifully hand carved. Note how even the lion's whiskers show. On the reverse is the original extended Victorian pin stem and C clasp in excellent working order. A real catch for any serious Cameo collector!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 7/8” high, 1 1/2” wide, 3/8” deep.





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