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Cameos: CA087

POMPEII MEMENTO ( Victorian Jewelry Lava Cameo Brooch / Pin ): 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 holidays and Lava Cameos from Mount Vesuvius became the mementos of choice. Lavish and intricate in its every detail, this gorgeous large pale grey Antique 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 fine carving delineating the leaves and grapes twisted through her hair. I particularly like to think of her proper Victorian owner (c. 1840-1860) adorned by what is, after all, an ancient party girl! Set high in a jeweler tested Sterling Silver beaded bezel mount, the entire piece is then surrounded by a larger beaded frame. The setting retains a light vermeil wash that softens the silver with a beautiful patina. There is a C clasp closure and the entire back is enclosed in silver. These portable cameo carvings were frequently brought back unmounted and then set by the owner. Notice her shell-like ear, her perfect nose and the fact that she is facing left, unusual in cameo profiles. Lava Cameos have recently increased in popularity as buyers rediscover the history of lava carving and the perfection of the classical look. This color grey looks well on so many colors and says to viewers that your style is sophisticated and elite. Condition: Excellent: No chips or cracks. Size: 2 3/8 high, 2 wide, 3/4 deep.

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