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A PASSION FOR LAVA ( Victorian Jewelry Lava Cameo Brooch ): Victorians had a passion for travel and heading the list of tourist sights were the newly uncovered ruins of Pompeii. Tourists, then as now, were of a single mind when it came to taking home souvenirs to remind them of their holiday and lava Cameos from Mount Vesuvius became the mementos of choice. Lavish and intricate in its every detail, this gorgeous light khaki (greenish-beige) lava cameo depicts a Bacchante, one of the female followers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and fertility. Just look at the incredible depth of the relief and the amount of undercarving delineating every leaf and grape in the vines twisted through her elaborate hair style. It’s amazing! I particularly like to think of her proper Victorian owner (c. 1840 - 1860) adorned by what is, after all, an ancient party girl. Someone back then must have had a sense of humor. The 18KT gold setting is an intricate Etruscan Revival design. (True color of setting best seen in side view.) The Lava Cameo is bezel set and has a replacement pin hinge and pin stem. The C clasp appears original and there is a tiny ring at the bottom that was used to attach a safety chain. Condition: Excellent. She still has her nose! There is a slight dip in the edge of the frame where the pin hinge was replaced. A significantly fine & large Lava Cameo with no damage. Size: 2 1/4” high, 1 7/8” wide, 1/2” thick.

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