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18 Karat White Gold French Victorian Style Cameo Brooch with Large Diamonds



In an openwork 18K white gold cadre, a meticulously carved hard stone cameo within this French Victorian style brooch with security chain. No detail has been spared to enrich this classical jewel. Material: 18kt solid white gold Measurements: wide 36 mm x hight 44 mm Total weight: 19.0 grams / 12.2 dwt / 0.670 oz Diamonds: 32 Brilliant cut diamonds of beautiful cut ,color and clarity , togeter ca. 4.3 Carat Early Cameo History It’s generally thought that cameos originated in the Middle Eastern regions over 2000 years ago. They wouldn’t have been used for the decorative purposes we love them for today – cameos were statement objects. They might depict the portrait of the King or Ruler of the time (therefore showing political allegiance of the wearer), or show a religious icon. Cameos were also used as amulets and charms to guard against evil spirits and promote good luck. The main materials used in the making of ancient cameos were precious gemstones and hard-stones such as marble and agates – back then, shell cameos were considered inferior imitations only to be worn by the poor. The Cameo Jewellery Golden Era Although cameos have been esteemed throughout history (Queen Elizabeth I and Napoleon Bonaparte were famously both avid collectors), the heyday of cameo jewellery was between the 18th and 19th Century. They were loved in royal circles and the aristocracy around Europe, who at the time dictated the fashions trends of the time. This period was also the time of the famous Grand Tours, where the wealthy members of high society would travel extensively around Europe, soaking up new cultures. Italy was an especially popular destination due to its prestigious history in arts and culture. Most of the finest cameos came from there, and were often bought as souvenirs, or sent back home as a gift for loved ones. How Cameos Are Made A cameo is carved from one piece of shell or stone such as agate. Shells and stones are naturally layered in colour, for example, the underside may be dark brown, whilst the top may be white in colour. A cameo-carver artisan, due to their years of training, knows how to carve the shell or stone, so that the “white” part is the picture (eg, a lady), and the background is the dark part of the shell or stone. Cameo carving is a highly skilled craft, which involves a long apprenticeship and a complete understanding of the materials being used. The basic theory behind both hard stone and shell carving is that the artist develops a deep knowledge of how best to cut and shape a material, so the different coloured layers of shell or stone can be carved and manipulated to their best advantage. For example, a piece of agate may have three layers of colour (eg brown at the bottom, white in the centre, and black at the top). The artisans use their knowledge to take advantage of the layers, leaving the brown as a flat base, the white above this is carved as the portrait, and the black above that is carved into hair. This gives the lifelike 3D appearance of the fine cameos we see.


  • Metal
    White Gold
  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
    Brilliant Cut
  • Weight
    19 g
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Antwerp, BE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: #64591stDibs: LU1752210418242

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    Ships From: Antwerp, Belgium
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