Five exceptional and very early cameos (plus a small one for the clasp), each with two-tone carvings atop translucent agate, depicting classical laureate Roman busts, are assembled for an impressive effect in this rare and wonderful early-to-mid-nineteenth century century bracelet, presumably of Ita...(more)
An exquisitely ornamented pair of late-nineteenth century Italianate style earrings featuring two finely carved shell cameos of classical ladies framed with lovely scrolling grapevine appliqués, suspended from beautifully rendered individual grape leaves. A delicate fringe detail adds a pretty fini...(more)
A handsome Victorian ring featuring a grandly scaled (1 1/4 inches long by 1 inch wide) cameo hand-carved in rich dark Carnelian. The charming cameo depicts Ceres, ancient Roman goddess of agriculture and the harvest and is cleverly, slightly, concave to protect it from damage. Hand fabricated in 14...(more)
A masterfully hand carved and especially refined shell cameo depicting a Classical priestess or friend and admirer of Bacchus, replete with a riotous grapevine and grape cluster hairdo, toga and, on trend for circa 1850, a double pearl strand. Mounted in an elegant gold frame with a twisted wire app...(more)
An elongated pale pink coral cameo is framed in fanciful foliate style, dotted with tiny seed pearls and twinkling on top with a small round diamond in this delightful pendant necklace, crafted in two-tone green and rosy-yellow gold, dating from the early-twentieth century. A uniquely shaped freshwa...(more)
A classical beauty with a noble visage and alabaster skin is masterfully depicted in high-relief in this exemplary Victorian hardstone (agate) cameo brooch - circa 1875. Her striking profile is framed in jet black enamel dotted with natural button pearls (one of which was replaced at a later time) b...(more)
These extraordinary, three-inch long, lithe and lovely cameo earrings are composed of two matching pairs of hand carved shell cameos: the bottom pair depicting a beautiful maiden in a flowing gown (both of which are signed by the artist) and twin double-winged angels on top. Four bezel-set r...(more)
This wonderful antique bracelet comes with a touching story. According to the private seller, this beauty was worn as a wedding bracelet since its original acquisition - the back is engraved "Elsie A. Lombard Nov. 16th 1858".
Expertly carved in black and white sardonyx, a woman's profile stands in ...(more)
A sweet and pretty late-nineteenth-century Victorian era ring featuring a bright orangy-salmon colored handcarved coral cameo depicting a former classical beauty (the sands of time have softened her features a bit). Crafted in gleaming 10 karat gold, this ring is 3/4 inch long and a finger size 6.
The radiant Roman goddess Ceres, with flowing tresses and adorned with ribbons and a sheath of wheat on her shoulder, is handcarved in high-relief in pretty peachy-pink coral. This captivating cameo is framed in warm 14 karat gold with a lovely thistle-motif design and may be worn as either a brooch...(more)
A comely classical gal is artfully depicted in an unusual plum and white colored hard-stone cameo, hand carved in three layers and displaying an exquisite speckled top layer. Framed in warmly patinated 14K yellow gold frame with triangular shaped engraving. This pin measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/8.
An exquisite Victorian-era brooch centered with a hard stone sardonyx, or banded agate, cameo expertly carved in three color layers. The ethereal figure is that of Athena bearing her characteristic shield and spear in a flowing and gauzy gown. Twinkling rose-cut diamonds frame this very special nine...(more)
What better way to protect yourself than with a pair of Roman centurions dangling from each ear? These handsome helmeted guardians are handcarved in glorious black & white banded agates and are framed with lustrous natural pearls and crowned with stylized fleur-de-leis. The inverted V-shape exte...(more)
A classic beauty is artfully hand-carved in cameo relief in this very lovely and highly distinctive citrine ring, dating from the early-twentieth century. The center of the golden citrine shimmers with a soft matte finish that is enhanced by a sparkling faceted frame. The Italianate mounting is ador...(more)
A pair of Victorian beauties are beautifully captured in bright pink coral in this splendid bracelet and earring set - circa 1885. The frame of the bangle bracelet is embellished with small sparkling round diamonds set amid golden rosettes and is embraced by graceful decoratively pierced shoulders. ...(more)
A lovely cameo brooch/pendant is carved from shell and set in a classic oval 14 karat yellow gold frame. The cameo is of a lady in profile with a grape leaf motif in the curling tendrils of her hair. The cameo is sizable and measures 2 1/8 inches high by 1 3/4 inches across.
Meet Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania.....Actually only seven of the nine inspiring muses of the Arts and Sciences dance in handcarved seashell cameos in this very lovely and 'amusing' vintage bracelet - circa 1920s to 1930s - otherwise it would b...(more)
The portrait of a Roman Centurion dressed in full regalia is handcarved in the burnt-orange color top layer with his lily-white wife just behind him in this masterfully conceived tri-color agate stickpin - circa 1890. The top measures 7/8 inch by 5/8 inch - the pin extends just short of 2 inches bey...(more)
A classical beauty is handcarved in artful and precise detail in this exemplary Victorian cameo brooch - circa 1875. This thick and translucent circular agate is tastefully outlined with a cobalt-blue enamel Greek-key design followed by a twisted rope inside a reflective 18 karat gold frame. This st...(more)
An intimidating pair of Roman Centurions are depicted in perspective, in different colors and in high relief in this tri-color (black, white and brown) Victorian cameo ring artfully rendered in two-tone 18 karat rose and yellow gold. Notice the deeply embossed design on the ring shank. Just over 1/2...(more)
This magnificent and sentimental Victorian mourning necklace centers on an angelic presence holding aloft a dove of peace, artfully hand carved in a glorious black & white hardstone cameo. The 20-inch necklace is composed of striking geometric links each studded with seed pearl-centered rose gol...(more)
A pair of ethereal muses, draped in diaphanous gowns, are artfully handcarved in banded carnelian agate in these 1-inch long and especially lovely Victorian earrings crafted in 10 karat gold with seed pearl accents. Circa 1880, enchanting.
One of the finest and most enchanting shell cameos we've seen. An ethereal pair of Greek Goddesses rise above a majestic dove and light up the night sky. Masterfully hand carved and simply presented in a scrolled openwork frame. 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches.
'Exquisite' barely begins to describe this exemplary Victorian period jewel. A magnificent hardstone cameo of a luscious butterscotch orange color depicts a mythological alabaster beauty wearing a winged headdress with a little visitor inhabiting her collar. The cameo is framed with 3.00 carats of g...(more)
A bearded gent from antiquity is handcarved in greyish-blueish white and dark brown banded agate and presented in a simple, straightforward 18 karat rose gold mounting in this classic antique ring, suitable for either gender. The intaglio measures 1/2 inch by 3/8 inch.
Intoxicated merriment is being had by all in this fantastical 2 1/2 inch wide, and superbly carved, shell cameo brooch presented in a filigree heart motif frame. Wish you were here?
'Round and 'round they go - seven Roman chariots - in an endless race around your wrist. Each finely hand-engraved cameo depicts a different form of chariot power - from left to right: a pair of ladies; a pair of horses; a pair of roosters, a pair of birds, a trio of birds; a dragon, and a team of f...(more)
This extraordinary nineteenth-century bracelet, composed of deeply-saturated, orange-red coral, features a high-relief cameo of a fancy, presumably Italian, lady (with a very nice personality). The bracelet is comprised of thirty-two individual, hand-carved scalloped links, which add up to seven inc...(more)
This particularly lovely antique shell cameo captures a classical Mediterranean enchantress with a grape vine wreath adorning her flowing locks. A beautiful carving with a rope motif frame of rose gold.
This sizable, substantial and masterfully crafted gents' ring with stately, multi-dimensional, neo-classic ornamentation, regally presents - in hand-carved root beer color carnelian - a Roman soldier (or mythological character) sporting a helmet crowned with wheat. This extraordinary ring, measuring...(more)
Unbeknownst to this old-fashioned bonnie lass, her bonnet is inhabited by a pair of Janus-faced gents who can't tell if they're coming or going. All three beings are masterfully handcarved in fleshy pink atop a white background in this rare and superlative Victorian hardstone cameo ring, elegantly c...(more)
The Roman god Mercury (Hermes in Greek) sporting his trademark winged helmet is masterfully handcarved in glorious black & white sardonyx, and framed in 18 karat gold with seed pearls pearls in this nineteenth-century hardstone cameo pin/pendant. Mercury is a rare subject for cameos and he moves...(more)
A radiant and noble Victorian beauty is elegantly portrayed atop a gorgeous, highly-translucent, apricot-colored carnelian in this superlative nineteenth-century cameo brooch framed in rich 18 karat yellow gold with glistening rose-cut diamonds punctuated with glowing natural pearls. Engraved on the...(more)
A lady in profile is adorned with foliage and curled tresses in this intricately carved shell cameo displaying three layers of shell. This cameo is framed in a simple 14 karat bezel with twisted wire motif. Mid-twentieth Century.
An angelic presence is captured in mid-flight in this enchanting and ethereal antique shell cameo elegantly presented in a graceful golden frame with leafy overlays. 21/8 inches by 1 3/4 inches.
Seven Roman chariots race swiftly across seven shell cameos in this clever and classic Victorian retrospective bracelet.
A trio of classic beauties are depicted in glorious black & white onyx cameos and presented in exquisite style in this original Victorian pin and earring ensemble. The tasseled set is lovingly crafted in two-tone 14 karat rosy-gold and accented with tiny shimmering seed pearls. All three pieces ...(more)
A classic Victorian female bust is carved in exceptionally high-relief in the 19th century hardstone agate cameo. The wide bordered frame is fully hand engraved for a rich finish. The frame looks English and is marked 18K with makers marks "BBK" although the gold tested a bit lower. This is a great...(more)
This bold and sturdy 10 karat white gold gent's ring, in glorious black & white, depicts a pair of Roman Centurions hand carved in onyx. The deeply engraved sides of the geometrically sculpted mounting transitions into a hand hammered finished ring shank. This masculine vintage gents ring, circ...(more)
This splendid brooch and earring set from the late-nineteenth century features three superbly carved Carnelian cameos, each depicting a radiant Victorian beauty. The cameos are elaborately adorned with flowing golden braids, granulation and bead work, and each supports five distinctive matching tass...(more)
A queenly presence inhabits this exemplary and truly exquisite peridot and diamond Victorian brooch and pendant. Her royal highness is magnificently carved and captured atop a glowing green peridot weighing approximately seventeen carats and framed by twenty-six bright white, high-quality European-c...(more)
A stern and distinguished, goateed, starched collared and bow-tied nineteenth century gentleman is masterfully depicted in this unusual antique shell cameo. The classic hand-engraved Victorian frame is further enhanced with black enamel ribbons. Signed on reverse - 'Adele H. 1859'. One fissure on up...(more)
A lovely young lass sporting a grapevine headdress atop her flowing tresses comes to life in this superb antique pin. The reflective concave frame produces a shimmering halo effect and is embellished with tasteful Victorian gold beading. Just over one-and-a-half inch high by 1 1/8 inch wide. A delig...(more)
A sweet and petite antique cameo ring crafted in 18 karat yellow gold. The onyx cameo depicts a woman in profile in a diaphanous gown framed in a twisted wire motif with both rose cut diamonds and seed pearls. Please note that this ring is currently a size 3 so there may be an additional charge for ...(more)
Elegantly carved in white atop a deep gray background this serene classical beauty with flowing curly tresses, further embellished with hair ornaments, is encircled by forty-eight natural pearls set in an 18k yellow gold frame. A gorgeous antique cameo brooch, circa 1875, measuring two-inches by 1 a...(more)
Elegantly carved in high-relief this Victorian beauty boasts a highly detailed hairstyle and classic features in white atop a wonderful very translucent taupe-gray background (which tuns white when held up to the light). The simple frame is crafted in 18k yellow gold. An exceptional and quite substa...(more)
Store your cameo brooch in this this lovely oval hinged box crafted in 800 silver with a shell cameo lid from the Eternal City. The sides are tastefully decorated with rope and scroll overlays. 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches. Signed 'Remos'.
An intoxicating coral pin and pendant combination featuring a high-relief handcarving of Bacchus (or Dionysus in ancient Greek) - the Roman god wine and revelry - with his customary headdress of grape clusters and grape leaves and flowing toga. The young and effeminate Bacchus is framed in a lovely...(more)
This exceptional early-Victorian cameo depicts the classic female in profile, carved of semi-transparent hardstone in a honey colored hue. Her curled tresses are upswept and adorned with a laurel leaf wreath. The cameo is set within a rich 18 karat gold Etruscan revival beaded frame. A tiny, hardl...(more)
Seven intricately hand-carved shell cameos each depicting a day of the week with a chariot and rider, each being conveyed by different means! From left to right: A slave, two horses, two chickens, two birds on land, two birds in flight, one or two dragons and a team of four horses. 7 3/8 inch by 3/4...(more)
A classical beauty is wonderfully captured in profile in this magnificently carved round shell cameo presented in a fabulous, geometric 14 karat yellow gold frame with a soft velvety patina. Circa 1885, 1 5/8 inches in diameter.
A sizable (7/8 inch long) sardonyx cameo ring in glorious black & white presenting a charming high-profile portrait of a lovely Victorian lass. The frame and mounting is in 14K rose gold. Circa 1885.
A marvelous and sizable (3 1/2 inches long) Victorian hardstone cameo and double tassel brooch, and/or pendant, crafted in two-tone rose and green gold. The profile of a distinguished Greek gentleman is portrayed in glorious black & white sardonyx framed by acanthus leaves and elaborate, quintes...(more)
A lovely Victorian lass is captured in three separate profiles in glorious black & white and respendent rose gold in this rare matching Victorian sardonyx cameo suite. The brooch has a flip-up bail and may be worn as a pendant. A delightful antique jewelery suite. The pin measures 1 3/4 inch by ...(more)
A ravishing Victorian beauty comes to life in superb detail in this exceptionally carved, high-relief, light blue agate cameo. The light and lovely open work frame is finely crafted contrasting platinum and gold with a touch of pearl; a fold down bail makes for for a lovely pendant. A truly enchanti...(more)
A rare and exemplary cameo depicting a young Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and revelry (Bacchus in Roman parlance) bearing a pine-cone topped staff and dressed in a regal lion skin toga and an arrangement of grapes and grape leaves adorning his hair. An early, magnificent and collectible cameo pre...(more)
A ravishing classical beauty with a grapevine in her hair and a rams head on her shoulder is captured in high-relief in glorious black & white. The grape leaf motif frame is artfully rendered in finely textured gold and glistens with a half carat of sparkling European cut diamonds. A Victorian treas...(more)
An aristocratic beauty is captured in profile and in delightful detail in this wonderful carnelian cameo from the latter 19th century. The rose gold open work frame has a warm antique patina and is further enhanced with four glistening old-mine cut diamonds which together total .60 carat.
A lovely, almost pristine, antique yellow gold bangle bracelet ornamented with wonderful granulation work in heart shape and scroll patterns. The central coral cameo depicts a classical woman in profile. The bracelet has a beautiful, soft, warm acid wash finish. Circa 1890.
This is a most exquisite locket from the Victorian era. A hardstone cameo of a lovely lady in profile adorns the front of this richly detailed locket in green and rose gold.
This is a highly dimensional cameo expertly carved in earth-toned lava from the Victorian era. An elegant lady in profile has tight curls and flowers in her hair with flowing tendrils draped on her bare shoulder. This piece is in a very simple yellow gold frame. Quite lovely.
A splendid miniature black and white sardonyx cameo depicting a classic beauty in profile is charmingly framed in 14 karat yellow gold leaves and punctuated with tiny seed pearls. A little gold ball dangles from a bow at the bottom.
A scalloped striped agate serves as the half-shell backdrop for a three-dimensional gold sculpture of a Putti, or Cherub, riding a rather sizable ruby-eyed fish. Unique.
The profile of a classical beauty is meticulously carved in an unusual palate of colors for an agate (ivory, gray and coral) and is presented in an elaborate and quintessentially Victorian frame of 18k yellow gold. Hallmarked Swedish! Exceptional and exceedingly rare.
This cherubic visitor from above is carved out of - what else? - Angel Skin Coral. 19th century Italian. He/She measures 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.
A miniature cameo of a Victorian lady is enshrined in this exquisitely decorated shield shape plaque rendered in two colors of gold and platinum overlay and containing eleven natural pearls and an antique cushion cut diamond on the drop. A wonderful treasure from the second half of the 19th century...(more)
18K Yellow gold Castellani shell cameo of the holy mother and son with doting patrons set in a decorative gold frame. This pin/pendant measures 1 3/4 X 1 1/2.
A handsome Centurion in profile is wonderfully carved in grayish-blue agate with Pegasus and Sphinx on his helmet. Framed in a hand wrought silver chain link design and signed Doris Cliff. Bold and dramatic. Wearable as a pin or pendant. This piece measures 3 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.
Beautifully carved Cameo of a handsome Roman Centurion set in a bold Sterling Silver circular frame signed 'Handwrought-Doris Cliff'.
Handsome, 18 karat Etruscan Revival brooch features a central intaglio carving depicting a man's profile rendered in carnelian with a circular frame adorned with cloisonne enamel and granulation. There is slight damage in one of the areas of cloisonne.
An intricately detailed suite of a pin and matching earrings from the Victorian time period. Carved coral cameos of a lady in profile are set with delicate pointed prongs inside ornate frames with bead fringe and scroll work detailing. The pin measures 2 1/2 inches long by 1 1/8 inch wide. The earri...(more)
These pretty late-nineteenth clip earrings showcase a lovely pair of Sardonyx cameos depicting elegant be-jewelled ladies in profile, framed in 14k yellow gold and embellished with a fine scrolling foliate motif. Elegant and easy to wear, measure 1 inch long by 3/4 inch wide.
A rare and collectible keepsake from the late 18th to early 19th century. An expertly rendered and heart rending shell cameo depicting a grieving woman at the grave site of her beloved. The cameo is lovingly framed under a thick beveled crystal and woven hair of the dear departed.
A lovely carved portrait of a Victorian beauty presented in a magnificent, highly detailed frame with a subdued patina. 15 karat rose gold. This piece measures 2 inches tall by about 1 1/4 inch wide.
14K yellow gold vintage cufflinks feature a hardstone cameo depicting the profile of a European nobleman, exquisitely carved in layered rich brown tone atop dove-gray chalcedony. The circular cameo carvings measure approximately 3/4" in diameter.
14K Yellow Gold Victorian Brooch /Necklace. This ornate brooch has a centrally set hardstone sardonyx cameo depicting a classic female bust. The brooch utilizes geometric and scroll motifs with taille depargne black enamel tracery and is intact with two original tassles. A detachable original cha...(more)
18K Rose gold cameo pin circa 1890. This beautiful rose gold cameo is ftted with a shell cameo depicting Joseph and Mary. The plain bezel is decorated with twisted wire and engraved frame. The original C catch has been relplaced with a safety catch.
Silver topped 18K rose gold French pendant with an elegant Neoclassical motif centered with a beautifully carved hardstone cameo of a diaphonous female figure. Delicate rose cut diamonds highlight the piece.
Beautifully carved Art Nouveau coral cameo brooch of a lady in profile decorated with flowers set into a 14K yellow gold scrolling frame dotted with bezel set European cut diamonds (8 total, 1.00 carat total weight, I-J color, SI clarity), with a 10K yellow gold pendant bail. This pin measures 1 3/4...(more)
18K Yellow gold Victorian expertly carved hard stone cameo of a male bust in profile displaying a beautiful speckled layer of agate in the background, set in a detailed frame decorated with black enamel tracery and small seed pearls set high in buttercup settings. This pin measures 1 1/2 tall by 1 3...(more)
Exquisite sardonyx carved cameo pin of a classical female profile. This is a very fine example of cameo carving as seen by the three distinct layers expertly carved in high relief set into a 14K yellow gold twisted rope frame, circa 1880-1905. This cameo measures 2 1/4 tall by 1 5/8 wide.
Antique Victorian hard stone cameo of a gentleman in profile featuring curling locks with a seed pearl border in a simple 14K yellow gold frame. This pin can also be worn as a pendant and measures 1 3/8 tall by 1 1/8 wide.
Victorian carved shell cameo of an angel with child motif set in a cobalt blue enamel frame with foliate motif accents in 14K yellow gold. This pin measures 2 1/2 X 2 1/4.
Victorian 14K yellow gold pin in a fanciful shape with foliate and scroll motifs set with a central onyx carved cameo of female bust. This pin measures 1 1/2 tall by 1 1/4 wide.
Beautiful high relief carved coral cameo of a female bust with upswept hair with a 14K yellow gold carved border with floral and foliate motif. This pin measures 1 1/2 X 1 3/8.
Victorian oval carved pink shell cameo pin of a female bust with a decorative comb in her hair in an octagonal engraved 14K rose gold frame. This cameo measures 2 tall by 1 1/2 wide.
14K Yellow gold Victorian pin with a cameo featuring a female bust with upswept hair. The cameo is carved from banded agate and set in a gold frame surrounded by pearls. The pin may also be worn as a pendant and measures 1 1/2 X 1 1/4.
Victorian cameo pin carved in sardonyx of a lady in Elizabethan garb set into a fancy shield shaped 14K yellow and rose gold frame with scroll motifs and two claw set pearls. This cameo measures 1 3/4 tall by 1 3/8 wide.
14K Yellow gold coral cameo of a classical female bust with a long neck and flowing hair set with a delicate floral frame. A slight amount of wear and natural graining in the coral serve only to enhance her dignified posture. The pin measures 1 5/16 X 1.
14K yellow gold pastel coral cameo of a female bust softly framed by pierced Art Nouveau gold work. This pin/pendant measures 1 5/8 inches by 1 1/4 inches.
Very fine Victorian oval shell cameo brooch depicting a classical scene, possibly depicting the 'Lesson of the widow's mite' with five figures in long flowing robes rendered with exquisite craftsmanship. This 2 tall by 1 3/4 wide cameo is set into an 18K yellow gold filigreed frame with a seed pearl...(more)
Antique sardonyx cameo pin of a formal lady in profile with upswept hair, a dangling earring and pearl necklace in a 14 karat yellow gold frame embellished with a twisted wire border. This cameo measures 1 3/4 tall by 1 1/2 wide.
Finely made hard stone cameo pin with carnelian background and white chalcedony female bust wearing a delicate pearl necklace set in a multi prong bezel with an 18K yellow gold navette shaped frame with an arts and crafts feel, circa 1900. This pin measures 2 3/8 X 1 5/8.
18K Yellow gold Victorian cameo in banded agate of a female bust with a drop earring and upswept hair set in a pierced gold frame with black enameled trim and a scrolling foliate motif. This pin/pendant measures 2 1/4 X 1 3/4.
Antique oval carved lava pin of a forward facing male with Etruscan features, large eyes and nose, and tightly coiled hair in a 14K yellow gold twisted wire frame. This pin/pendant measures 1 3/8 tall by 1 1/4 wide.
Victorian oval finely carved shell cameo of a beautiful female profile with curling hair and a crown in a 14K yellow gold engraved bezel. This cameo measures 2 1/8 tall by 1 3/4 wide.
Sweet Victorian round reverse crystal intaglio pin with a very dear forget-me-not motif set in 18K yellow gold. This pin measures about 7/8 round.
An ethereal classical beauty is captured ghost-like in this enchanting golden citrine with a faceted back and hand carved top, simply presented in golden wire setting. The citrine alone measures slightly over two inches by 1 and 3/16 inches. The decorative bail extends the length to 2 and 1/8 inches...(more)