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Time Dances By

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Phone: 210-690-8454

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Cameos: CA070

SOUVENIR OF POMPEII ( Victorian Jewelry Lava Cameo Pendant ): Cameos carved from lava were popular Victorian souvenirs , commemorating the excavations at Pompeii . Tourists were eager to bring home reminders of their holiday in Italy and attractive cameos from Mount Vesuvius marked them as both wealthy and sophisticated travelers. This lovely high relief  classical goddess is very finely carved. (c. 1840-70) Her hair is held in place by a diadem and her face is noble in profile. (She still has her nose!) I can best describe the color as a pale khaki/putty shade. This lava cameo was probably displayed unmounted as the 14KT gold pendant setting and bale are later additions. (Wear it high to prevent damage.) It looks really smart on a gold neck wire or omega chain. The back of the cameo is marked with the number “63”, possibly a carver’s mark. The look is classical, the color sophisticated and the carving very feminine. Wear it to a meeting and then right into the evening with stylish confidence. Condition: Excellent. Size: 1 3/4” high (minus bale), 1 1/2” wide, 3/8” deep.

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