This antique gold cameo brooch/pendant is such a stunning piece of jewellery. The craftsmanship is incredible, with a level of detail not often found in pieces made today. The brooch actually doubles up as a pendant with a cleverly made twisting ring to the top that can be hidden or revealed depending on how you wish to wear the piece making it a really versatile piece.
The cameo depicts Selene, Greek goddess of the moon. She even has a small crescent moon resting atop her head and her features and clothing have been meticulously hand carved from a piece of shell. The cameo is set in 10ct yellow gold with a beautifully engraved border and the gold setting has been made to fit the curves of the cameo shell seamlessly.
To the back, as well as the pendant fitting, there is a brooch pin fastneing with a safety mechanism too. The back of the gold frame is marked '10k' for 10ct gold and we have also tested the gold to confirm its carat. There is also what looks to be a possible maker's mark on the pin clasp but we can't quite make it out.
The brooch/pendant weighs approx 10g in measures approx 48.3mm tall by approx 38.1mm wide and including the pin is approx 13.1mm deep.
Without full hallmarks, it is hard to date a piece exactly but given the style of the pin fastening and design of the brooch we believe it's likely early 20th Century in age, approx 1910s to 1930s.
Condition - The brooch/pendant is in execllent, wearable antique condition but it does show some light signs of age and wear. There is some light surface wear to the gold and cameo. The cameo carving is still in very good condition and shows little sign of rubbing. Both the brooch fastening and moving pendant fitting still work well. Please see photos.
*Please note the antique box and chain pictured are not included in the sale but the brooch/pendant will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch*
Antique Selene moon goddess hand carved cameo and 10ct gold pendant/brooch
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