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QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS ( Edwardian Jewelry Shell Cameo Brooch / Pin ): This lovely Edwardian shell Cameo depicts Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, who were the warrior daughters of Ares, the Greek god of war. Like her aunt, the goddess Athena, she is dressed in full armor, but her helmet bears a laurel wreath crown rather than the face of Zeus worn by Athena. One of the most distinctive aspects of Edwardian jewelry is their lacy, delicate appearance and their monochromatic color palate. This Antique Shell Cameo dates c. 1910 - 1920. The practically translucent shell is brilliantly carved to take advantage of the different colored layers in the shell, retaining the tan color on the helmet and armor and carving deeper to reveal milky white for the skin tones. It is set in a marked 14KT white gold filigree setting with an early form of safety catch.

Condition: Excellent. It may have had a hidden pendant hook at one time.
Size: 1 7/8" high, 1 1/2" wide.

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