Antique 9ct Gold White Shell Cameo Brooch
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Beautiful c1900 9ct gold cameo brooch with a c clasp and safety chain.
In the 18th century women of the upper class began wearing impressively carved cameo gemstones as a sign of wealth and prestige and Queen Victoria is credited with popularising shelled cameos during her reign. The 19th century also introduced a new type of cameo, those that were made from petrified lava. Coloured lava extracted from an archaeological dig at Pompeii was used for highly detailed carvings. Women during this time embarking on their "Grand Tours" often purchased lava cameos as mementos from their travels, which established the objects as a symbol of status and wealth.
The cameo brooch measures 2.5cm x 2cm.
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This unique piece of jewellery may have signs of wear due to it's history. It is beautifully imperfect and should be treated with love and care.