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Cameos: IV059

 FLORA - PROMISE OF RENEWAL ( Victorian Jewelry Ivory Cameo Brooch / Pin ): This breathtaking Victorian hand carved Ivory Cameo of Flora is the perfect way to welcome spring or any other season. (c. 1860-70) The Roman goddess Flora, “mistress of the flowers” symbolizes new life, spring, regeneration and hope. In this large Antique Ivory Cameo portrait a lovely young nymph is adorned with a splendid floral hair piece of forget-me-nots. They swirl through her lavish hair and form a crown fit for a queen. In a typically Victorian fashion revision, her hair forms three twisted locks visible on both sides. A beautiful hand carved twisted rope border compliments her locks of hair perfectly. Notice the double strand of tiny perfect ivory beads. From about 1840 to 1870 high-relief work ivory cameos were very fashionable and often brought home from France as gifts from prosperous travelers. Both the grain and patina of the ivory are so lovely and clearly seen in the beautiful photos. Large thick carvings like this were purchased unset and later set as jewelry or in a box top. The holes on the back were drilled so that the Cameo could be pegged into a setting. This divine Victorian marvel of carving is facing to the left – most Cameos face right. It requires a master carver to work to the left since it is harder to execute. The setting for this Flora brooch is a simple Sterling Silver bezel mount. Both the setting and safety catch closure are of a later period. Quality Ivory pieces have become scarce and will only become more rare as collectors covet these Ivory Cameos. Look at the beauty of her facial features and the depth of the carving. Proclaim your own unique sense of style and wear this exquisite Antique Ivory Cameo with denim or lace. Once viewed – never forgotten!

Condition: Excellent. There are a few missing petals on the flowers, but not noticeable with all of the swirls and curls. The price reflects these tiny losses.
Size: 2 1/4" high, 1 5/8" wide, 3/4" deep.

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