Incredible Antique 10ct Yellow Gold Habille Old Cut Diamond Cameo Brooch 9.1g
Cameos really are an amazing symbol of past and future, something to treasure as a family possession, to be looked after for the next generation. There are so many varieties of cameos available, carved out of gemstones such as agate, onyx and sardonyx. Cameos mainly have two layers of contrasting colours with often figuratively carvings etched into the stone or shell to create an almost three dimensional artwork. Cameos can also be made out of shell, coral, lava (limestone from Pompeii) as well as plastic, resin and glass. The word 'Cameo' comes from the Italian word 'Cammeo' from medieval latin camaeus, of unknown origins. The meaning of a cameo is that it represents not a fictional character but more is an instantly recognisable portrait of a person or occasionally a place or flower.
The cameo is in good used condition and is delicate but well made. This impressive cameo would be a fabulous addition to any collection. This style of cameo is relatively rare and is so beautiful.
Dimensions are as follows:
Height 4.5 cm x width 3.1 cm x thickness 3.8 mm
Weight 9.16 grams
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