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Edwardian Shell Carved Cameo Brooch Necklace

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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.

This carved shell cameo can be worn as both a brooch and a necklace and comes with a gold on sterling silver adjustable chain.

The cameo brooch/pendant measures 3cm x 2.5cm. The chain is adjustable with 56cm being its longest length. 

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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.