14k Goldfilled Wire-Wrapped Antique 1920s Carved Shell Cameo of Flapper Woman
I have wrapped this gorgeous, large antique carved shell cameo pendant in 14k goldfilled wire with a swirling design around the bail. This cameo was carved by taking a piece of conch shell and carving through the natural layers to create the figure seen here. This technique is known as "cameo carving" and has been around since ancient times.
Looking at the features of the woman in the cameo, I believe this is an antique carving depicting a flapper-style woman, due to the wonderfully features of her face, her hairstyle, and the style of her jewelry and dress. She may date from around 1920, or perhaps slightly earlier to be late Edwardian, which I believe due to the quality of her carving and style of her facial features. She has some markings on the back of her shell that are hard to make out. She reminds me of Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby! She has a large sunflower on the shoulder of her dress, a lovely pearl necklace, and a flower-studded hairband. This is a large and substantial cameo, please view all photos of her. She's in wonderful condition for her age, without any noticeable cracks or crazing and without chips to her carving.
This pendant would look stunning on anyone and would be a truly one-of-a-kind, unique gift! It is perfect for antique and vintage jewelry collectors or anyone who appreciates works of art!
Please wear her with care as this is a piece of natural carved shell. I would suggest not wearing her with other pendants or chains that would bump into her, resulting in chips or scratches. Also please remove before applying any lotions, creams, or perfumes as the shell could absorb them and become unstable or change in color. Do not wear or submerge in any water.
MEASUREMENTS: 2 3/4" x 1 1/4"
MATERIALS: 14k goldfilled wire, carved shell cameo
This pendant comes with a complimentary goldfilled chain.
Over time, gold-fill wire may show some wear or change of color, however it is very durable. Gold-filled wire is a tube of gold that has been filled with a base metal, (generally pure jeweler's brass), and the two are securely bonded together with heat and pressure. Each purchase from my shop comes with a complimentary yellow polishing cloth, which you may use at any time to polish your piece. (The cloth will still work even as it gets darker; do not wash the polishing cloth.) When polishing, try to avoid the stone so as not to scratch it. Please do not wear in the shower or pool. Do not push on the cameo or manipulate the wire of the pendant, as this may cause instability over time.