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 This is a help page for you to learn more about cameos

I try to keep up with fakes,etc. to let you know what to look for.

Also I hope this helps you with care and cleaning of cameos.

 

GREAT NEW LITTLE TIP.ALWAYS GET ENOUGH MATERIAL ON THE PIN TO HOLD IT CLOSED.A TIP.PUT A SMALL PIECEOF SPONGE OR FOAM BEHIND YOUR CLOTHES AND PIN THE PIN THRU THE MATERIAL AND THE SPONGE.THE TENSION IS GREAT AND EASY ON YOUR CLOTHES.

GREAT TIP-JUST IN. I HATE IT WHEN SOMEONE SENDS ME AN ITEM WRAPPED IN BUBBLE WRAP AND SCOTCH TAPE.THE TAPE CAUSES SO MUCH PRESSURE AND YOU HAVE TO USE SISSORS TO CUT IT OFF.I GOT A ITEM LAST WEEK AND THEY USED BUBBLE WRAP AND BLUE PAPER PAINTING TAPE.IT RIPPED RIGHT OFF SO EASY. ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS.

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NEW FAKE ALERT:I HAVE RECENTLY COME ACROSS WHAT LOOKS LIKE IVORY BUT HAS SYMETRICAL LINES UP AND DOWN,I BELIEVE THIS IS DONE BY SOME KIND OF MACHINE AND IS VEGTABLE IVORY NOT REAL IVORY,.MAY NOT EVEN BE VEGTABLE IVORY MAY BE SOME OTHER MAN MADE ITEM.FAKE ALERT==IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THERE ARE LAVA CAMEOS BEING MADE NOW THAT LOOK JUST LIKE THE OLD ONES.THEY ARE REPROS.SOME BEING MADE IN ENGLAND. BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR OLD LAVA PIECES.I RECENTLY PURCHASED WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A LAVA CAMEO.IT WAS TO HEAVY,TO SHINY AND WHEN LOOKED AT IT UNDER A LOUPE THERE WERE TINY BEADS WHERE THE POURED LIQUID HAD HARDENED OUTSIDE OF MOLD.THERE WERE NO CARVE MARKS AND THE SETTING LOOKED VERY OLD -EVEN HAD SOLDER IN DIFFERENT PLACES.PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR THESE.THEY ARE VERY HIGH RELIEF.3 WKS AFTER I SENT THIS BACK THE IDENTICAL CAMEO IN A DIFFERENT FRAME CAME UP ON EBAY FROM ANOTHER STATE.2 DIFFERENT FRAMES,2 DIFFERENT STATES BUT THE SAME HIGH RELIEF LAVA HEAD.A LADY FEEDING A BIRD GRAPES.PLEASE NOTE SOME OF THEM DO NOT HAVE THE BEADS.

THERE IS ANOTHER CAMEO BEING MADE IN ENGLAND.VERY HIGH RELIEF WOMEN WITH GRAPES IN HER HAIR-IT COMES IN PINK,WHITE,BLACK AND AMBER.IT IS USUALLY SET IN SILVER LOOKING MATERIAL.THIS IS VERY LARGE AND HIGH RELIEF.LOOKS VERY GOOD.THEY HIT THE MARKET AROUND 5 YRS AGO.THEY SELL IN ENGLAND FOR AROUND 50.00.I HAVE SEEN MANY OF THESE ON THE INTERNET.

THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN ALOT OF CAMEOS SOLD LATELY AS IVORY THAT ARE OLD CELLULOID.SOME OF THESE A NEEDLE WILL NOT GO THRU.THEY ARE HIGH RELIEF.SOME SAY DEPOSE ON THE PINS.MOST OF THEM WERE DONE FROM 1910-1930.

NEWEST FAKE ALERT: I HAVE SEEN NUMEROUS CAMEOS SOLD ON THE INTERNET AS SHELL THAT ARE PLASTIC AND NEW. .IN PARTICULAR THERE IS A CHERUB CLIMBING A LADDER IN A VINEYARD.THE CAMEO EVEN GOES UP AND DOWN LIKE THE REAL ONES. THIS IS MASS PRODUCED AND MOLDED.THE NEWEST ONE IS A MADOONA WITH HAND PRAYING FULL FACED.THIS IS RESIN-A NEEDLE WILL NOT GO THRU IT ALSO.

Sometime when a shell grows it stretches leaving natural lines in the shell.These are not from age,drying out or cracks.They are the natural growth of the shell.So brand new cameos can have these lines especially seen from the back and they do not take away any value of the cameo.


I love cameos.They are miniature works of art. Because of this I want everyone to learn about them. I have prepared this page to help you out.Cameo have doubled and in some cases tripled in price in the last 10 years.

Cameo History: Stone cameos have been carved since 332 bc. That is when the first agate was found that could be carved. The place was Alexandria, Egypt. Even though shells were carved from the 1500's most shell cameos were carved after the late 1700's.
Cameos for years have been used as photos when there were none. Roman and Greek emperors and rulers were imortalized in stone or shell. The Greek artists of the roman empire carved gods and godesses. In the renaissance, Greco Roman style was predominate in the portraits, myths, and legends carved.

Many famous people have loved cameos.Josephine and Napoleon wore them all the time. Queen Victoria loved them and had many carved for subjects.Thru out the ages they were prized as works of art and very valuable.


The demand for cameos was so great that the stone started to run out and other mediums were sought after. Shell was plentiful along with lava from Mt. Vesuvius. In the early 1800's many people visited Europe on the Grand Tour and wanted souvenirs to take back. Cameos were pictures of what they had seen. Later in WWII men were stationed in Italy and brought back cameos for their women.
For 100 years, 1840-1940, the cameo was the one piece of jewelry most women owned. In the 1930's the diamond industry, trying to get women to buy diamonds, started putting diamonds in cameos.Most women owned a cameo but not a diamond.This is called Cameo habille, or decorated.Most of these are white gold.White gold was not used until 1919.


The traditional cameo shell of Italy is the flame or bullmouth helmet cassis rufa found on the African coast and commonly called the carnelian shell. Today a lot of modern cameos are being carved out of a much larger shell called the emperor helmet; this is a brown and white shell . PLEASE NOTE that all pink cameos advertised as angel skin coral are not; they are pink conch or roselyn shell from the Bahamas. There are very few angel skin coral cameos out there.Angel skin will have an overall pink,white,salmon color.Many times if you look close with a loop your can see tiny dark pitted places-this is the natural growth of the coral.Pink conch looks very hard,pinky and will have a white head on pink background.

PLEASE NOTE:Also I have seen alot of filligree cameos lately with colored stones in frame advertised especially as emeralds or saphires. These are not REAL they are glass.White gold was first used in 1918.

Today shell cameos are still carved in Torre del Greco, a little village at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. Stone cameos are being cut in Ider Oberstein Germany and are being done by laser.Some stone cameos are still being cut by hand but they are very styalized almost art nouveau looking. A shell cameo has to be cut by hand, as it is too soft and too irregular for machine cutting.A modern master carved cameo is carved from start to finish by one person and is usually signed.It can take a week or more.To become a master carver a student has to graduate from the art institute in Torre Del Greco.There are only 2 women carvers in all of Italy. Most cameos sold today in the U.S.are apprentice caved .A shop can turn out as many as 60 a day with different carvers doing different stages like an assembly line.These cameos are done 100's of times in the same way.Not one of a kinds other than the fact they are hand carved and no 2 are alike.Most are very poorly carved with little detail.

Buying Cameos: The most important advice I can give you is to buy from a reputable dealer who knows about cameos. I have found few do. You need to decide the right size for you. Most people start with a head and go on from there. Do not look for gold in a cameo, 80% of your fine cameos are not set in gold. I sell cameos by carving first,theme,age, size and than setting Many dealers charge 100% more for a cameo set in gold. Because of the increase of gold in price the amount of gold does matter in the frame.Older cameos are set in brass, pinchbeck, gold filled, silver vermeil, or silver. A cameo not in its original setting takes away some of the value. There are many fine unset cameos however that were never set. Many tourists brought home unset cameos from Italy. Many cameos were carved in Italy and set in France, England and Germany. Always look for clean crisp carvings. Full figures and scenes are worth at least 30% more than heads unless a really fine head of god or godess.. Stress marks and lines or natural growth marks are okay 99% of your cameos are going to have some kind of lines in them.Even new cameos have lines in them.It is the way the shell grew or was tossed around in the ocean.A damaged split-cameo cannot be fixed.Some themes are very rare and therefore worth more because of the scarcity.In the UK there are porcelain restorers that pour some kind of filler over the whole cameo and hide the cracks.They call these cameos restored.

Care and Cleaning: Cameos are alive and they need to breathe. They do not like heat. They should be oiled at least once a year. I use mineral oil. I do not like olive oil because if it is not completely removed it will turn a cameo yellow and smelly. Soak for a couple of hours.If really dry looking soak overnight. I use a soft toothbrush, dish soap, and luke warm water, and wash until the oil is gone. Dry thoroughly!!!!! For yellow stains sometimes Neutrogena shampoo and a soft toothbrush will get them out.You may have to do this many times but some yellowing does dissappear after this process.Do not leave any oil on the cameo!!!! DO NOT dip in cleaners, this will dry them out.I see many cameos that look frosted and this is because they have been put in harsh cleaners and the finish is taken off.Do not store in plastic bags,hot places or on cotton pads in boxes-all this drys them out.The best place is just sitting in a drawer in jewelry box,etc.They are brittle is you drop them on floor they may break.Also they can be worn down.You see many rings with no features left on face because the person has rubbed them.You can clean ivory sometimes with toothpaste.Lava is very tricky.I use a white artist eraser.be careful about dipping lava in water.

Age/Fakes: Since most shell cameos are Italian, they can be circa dated to 20 year periods, according to hair styles, jewelry, clothes, scenes and settings. Pin backs are a good clue. Also, white gold was not used until after 1910. Greco Roman noses were predominate from 1910 back.Rebecca by the well was carved up untill 1900.Most cameos with white borders on them were done 1950's up.

Jet cameo will have carve marks and are very light.French jet is glass.Coral cameos are not pink on white they have an all over color and many times have small nubs in the coral.A common practice in Victorian times was also to take an ivory or shell cameo and glue it on an agate background.There are also cameo that are made in wax.These are mostly busts of people.

Today most new cameos have pug noses, sweeping hair, slim bodies like Barbie. Most all cameos for sale in the US today are apprentice carved.There are many fine Master carved cameos being carved today in Italy-most go to Japan.They are very expensive and considered works of art.Most studios today in Italy have at least 2 master carvers on staff.


There are some very fine plastic cameos out, so beware. Since a shell cameo is a shell the back is curved. Also you can see little carvng marks. Also you can get familar with the coloration. Most plastic cameos have a different coloration than shell.You can always do the hot needle test. If it melts, it's plastic.There are also some very hard resins out there that will not melt with the hot needle.

If you buy a old cameo that is wire wrapped make sure that the structure of the cameo is not damaged and you can cut off the wire wrap.Wire wrap takes away from the value of old cameos up to 50%..It is a nice way to set a cameo without doing fabrication but very bad for the value of the cameo to collectors.Also most wire wrapper say the setting is gold when it is gold filled.Very few wire wrappers use solid gold.

Finally do not get overwhemed when shopping. I find people usually buy the first cameo they are drawn to. Cameos are a great investment. They have tripled in price since 1991. They are the finest family heirloom you can pass on. The old ones are getting harder and harder to get. The master carvers are dying out.Please do not pass up wonderful cameos because they are not set in gold.If you are going to be a serious collector of cameos settings will make no difference to you.

I hope this has helped.

For more info please see Anna Miller's book "Cameos Old and New." I am listed in it, along with a few pictures of some of my collection. This is the greatest teaching book available...

 

BIG FAKE CAMEO LOOKS LIKE AMBER ALSO COMES IN WHITE-PINK-BLACK COLOR-NEW BEING MADE IN ENGLANDSELLS FOR AROUND 35.00

BELOW YOU SEE PLASTIC RESIN CAMEOS FROM CHINA.

2 FAKE AGATE CAMEOS THAT ARE NOT AGATE.-GLASS

RESIN CAMEOS OR HARD PLASTIC-COLORS NEVER LOOK LIKE THIS ON REAL SHELL


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Pink conch cameos not angel skin coral.99% of your pink cameo are pink conch.

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MANY HAVE ASKED ABOUT GIOVANNI NOTO.99% OF THE CAMEOS SIGNED G.NOTO ARE BY HIS STUDENTS.HE MANAGED G.APA STUIDIO CARVERS FOR YEARS.HE DIED IN 1985.PLEASE CONTACT THE GIOVANNI APA WEBSITE FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM!








A GOOD CUSTOMER OF MINE DISPLAYS ALL HER CAMEOS SHE HAS BOUGHT FROM ME.









A WONDERFUL COUPLE THAT DOES REENACTMENTS AND SHE IS WEARING MY CAMEO PIN AND EARRINGS

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THESE CAMEOS ARE NOT FOR SALE THEY ARE ARCHIVES


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This is an EXTREMELY RARE MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF AN ANGEL AND CENTAUR.I have never seen this before.






From my own collection the best BABY BACCHUS EVER.Sititng on his throne.The setting is 14 kt tested.High High releif. He is holding some grapes.The size is  1 3/8 by 1 3/4.Has the t bar and a early safety catch.Also has a safety chain.Much nicer in person.He stands up 1/2 inch in frame.From around 1860. CLICK  


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This is a  MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ZEUS.Has 3 ladies with an eagle.Perfect carving in 9 ct gold tested/The size is 2 1/4 round.Has a tiny loop top center for safety chain.From around 1920. May be Diana,Flora  or Athena with cherubs.Much nicer in person.Mint. I have never seen another like this/ CLICK  



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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO BY TOMASSO SAULINI. The Saulinis were cameo carvers to the royaly of England.He lived  1793-1865.It is signed T.Saulini F.which means by the hand of  Rare to find ones done by the father or son. The size is 1 5/8 by 2.Most were unset as they were just carvers not smiths.This one is set in a metal mini frame with a loop so you could wear it.I do not know who she is but so finely done CLICK  




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This is a HUGE MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF AURORA OF THE DAWN.I have only seen one other this involved. You have Helius and  cherubs,horses,4 winds,Eos,maidens,etc.etc.The size is 2 1/4 by 2 7/8 HUGE.The frame looks to be copper and Pinchbeck..Has the c and t pin and a tiny loop top center for safety chain.Much nicer in person.From around 1840. There are a few natural lines only seen when held to light.The cameo is mint. There will never be another. CLICK  


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.THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ONE PIECE CARVED AGATE CAMEO AND FRAME.The frame is 15 ct gold not marked but tested .has the locket glass on the back.Made in the arch style.The cameo is black and white agate.From around 1870.The size is  1 7/8 by 3.The cameo itself is  1 3/8 by 1 5/8 very large for a stone cameo.Fabulous carving the best.CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  


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This is  the FINEST MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF MERCURY I HAVE EVER SEEN.IT is lava set in at least 10 kt gold.Not marked but tested.A pendant only at 1 7/8 by 2 1/8. Carved in high relief.On the back it says Mercury 10  looks like Mayo narian Bronyo-Bronzo???? The
There are little wings in his feet His muscles are perfect and the head is just right.From around 1860-80.A Grand Tour item. From my own collection.Much nicer in person.You will not be disapppointed.The nose is a little flat on one side but I htink it was carved that way kinda crooked.There is no wear on any body parts etc. CLICK  


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This i a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF MEDUSA IN 9 CT GOLD.High relief.



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This is a HUGE CAMEO OF A COURTING SCENE.The shell is white on white-very rare.The setting is marked 9 ct gold and tested.Has the c and t pin and a safety chain.The size is  2 3/8 by 3.From around 1860-80.I have never seen one like this before.This one really makes a statement.East-west cameo. CLICK  




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From my own collection another MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF ROMA WITH HER CHILDREN.IT is set in a 14 kt frame marked.From the 40.s.Very large at  2 5/8 round.Has a fold down bale.One of the harder themes to find.

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This is a  HUGE WONDERFUL COURTNG SCENE WITH CHERUBS AND SHEEP.


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This is a FINE CAMEO OF  LAOCOON.High relief.The setting tests to 14 kt gold Very fancy from around 1880.The size is 2 by 2 1/4.Has the c and t pin and a large hook to hang a watch or locket off of.Very hard to get a good picture of him because he is so high.  Museum quality.

The statue of Laoco÷n and His Sons Gruppo del Laocoonte), also called the Laoco÷n Group, has been one of the most famous ancient sculptures ever since it was excavated in Rome in 1506 and placed on public display in the Vatican,where it remains.
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This is a  FABULOUS VICTORIAN NECKLACE WITH EARRINGS IN THE ORIGINAL BOX.These are getting so hard to find  cased in their original boxes. From around 1840-1860
The earrings are 3 3/4 inches long.The top part is a newer addition.I think they orginally just had French wires on them and someone put the pierced head on them. The necklace is 17 1.2 long with 8 cameos on it.It tests to 9 ct gold.Wonderful  cannitelli work.Has a push in catch. There are a few darker places on the gold but could be polished I did not want to do that. The box is original. A few of the cameos have natural lines in them none of them seen just lookingThe catch piece which is the cherub riding the goat has a small piece of shell gone on the right side not noticeable.Shell is fine and ready to wear..Much nicer in person.There is Venus and Cupid,Psyche,a dogs, cherub riding a goat/CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK



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This is the MOST FABULOUS CAMEO EVER.In its humped back box,with may Abe Lincoln and Mary on the back.15 ct gold huge The setting is one of the best I have seen.The horses of Peace.


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This is a FABULOUS CAMEO NECKLACE .IT has7 cameos on it.The metal is a mix of Pinchbeck and 9 ct gold not marked but tested.I bought it because I am a large women and it is large and long.The bottom cameo is  2 1/2 by 3 The others are 1 1/4 by 1 3/8.The length is  approx 24 inches.From around 1850.


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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF PEACE WITH THE LAMB. I believe this is St Agnes.So much nicer in person

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This is a MUSEUM CAMEO OF 3 MEN WITH STAR AND OTHER SIGN
This is the First Triumvirate:  Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus.

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This is a RARE AND FINE CAMEO COMMESSO. It is pink conch in 18 ct gold not marked but tested.Weighs 22.4 grams very heavy. She looks to have a garnet or ruby in her hair The clothes are silver and gold with gold braids in her hair From 1870-80.The size is  1 7/8 by 2 1/8.The shell is mint with 2 tuny lines seen only on back.Has a newer safety pin on it.
The adornments are fabulous.The dark blue part on the left side have a small aaount of enamel missing but so dark cannot see just looking have to loop it. These are so rare and so hard to get.

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This is a FINE VICTORIAN CABINET CAMEO SHELL.


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This is a FABULOUS EARLY TURQUOISE GLASS CAMEO OF PSYCHE AND EROS.


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This is a VERY RARE AND MUSEUM QUALITY BOOK PIECE CAMEO CABINET SHELL.IT is not drilled.This shell is in Anna Millers book Cameos Old and New.There are 4 museum quality carved cameos on it.IT is large at 8 inches. .The cameos are mint.There is one tiny flaw on the fornt only seen if really looking.This is the male helmet shell. From around 1850.Much nicer in person.I have never seen another carved like this.CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  


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This is a CAMEO OF 3 CHERBS AND 2 MAIDENS IN HIGH RELIEF.



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This is a FINEST PEACE CAMEO I HAVE EVER SEEN.IT is peace halting the horses of Mars.has a turquoise frame.The setting is 15 ct gold with a c and t pin.has a safety chain and the original humped box. 2 5/8 by 2 1/4.From around 1860. The box says John Hall silversmiths and jewelers.From my own collection.The turquoise is real stone not enamelled Mint condition The relief is perfect. You will never see another like this one. CLICK 


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This is  ONE THE RAREST MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEOS I HAVE EVER SEEN AND THE ONLY ONE CARVED WITH THIS THEME


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This is a LARGE MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF ATHENA PATHENON THE GODDESS OF WAR





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From my own collection a very rare CAMEO OF CALVARY.

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This is a HUGE MANGER SCENE CAMEO.Set in 14 kt gold marked and tested. 

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This is a HUGE CAMEO OF THE HOLY FAMILY WITH JOHN 


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This is a HUGE CAMEO OF HERCULES SHOOTING ARROW.IT IS CASED AND ENAMELED.


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This is a HUGE CAMEO OF AGAMEMMNON AND MENELAUS


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This is a HUGE CAMEO OF HECTOR AND PARIS


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Rare cameo of women and cherub with fire


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This is a RARE CAMEO OF PARIS AND HELEN IN 9 CT GOLD


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MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF ARIADNE


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This is a RARE AND FINE COMMASSO CAMEO.


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FABULOUS MARRIAGE CAMEO


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This is a LARGE CAMEO OF ATHENA THE GODDESS OF WAR MUSEUM QUALITY..The frame is an enamelled snake with 2 large rubies.The setting is 15 ct gold not marked but tested.Has the c and t pin from arund 1860.The size is  2 1/8 by 2  3/4.She has the owl on her shield and Medusa on her chest to keep her safe.Much nicer in person.One of the best Athenas I have seen.Snakes mean forever=enduring.

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From my own collection THE LARGEST ANNUNCIATION ANGEL EVER.




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This is a RARE AND FINE CAMEO OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH A DOVE.STANDS FOR LOVE.


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This is a RARE MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF NIKE


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This is a HUGE MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF EROS-CUPID WITH THE ROMA LION.

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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF THE BIRTH OF VENUS.


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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WITH 2 CHERUBS.




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 A FABULOUS  GEORGIAN CAMEO NECKLACE.Some of these scenes I have never seen.The metal is 9 ct gold not marked but tested.From around 1820.The necklace is in excellent condition for its age.A few of them have natural lines seen when held to light.The length is just over 14" a choker which is what most of these always are.The 2 center cameo are11/4 by 1 1/8 nice large size.The smallest on the catch is 1/2 by 3/4.It has a strong slide in catch.There is hebe and Zeus.Hera with children,Hector,the blacksmith,etc.Much nicer in person..CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK

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This is a huge and fine cameo of Zeus and Hera.There is Pegasus flying over a ship.A baby to the left maybe Bacchus.Also 5 sailors and a castle.The size is 2 7/8 by 3 3/4.


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This is a HUGE CAMEO OF ST MICHAEL SLAYING THE DEVIL.



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This is a FABULOUS FINELY CARVED CAMEO OF PSYCHE.


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This is a LARGE RARE AND FINE CAMEO OF THE 4 WINDS AND PEACE.


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This is a FINE LARGE MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF ATHENA THE GODDESS OF WAR 



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HUGE CAMEO OF 3 MEN WITH HORSE.

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This is a VERY RARE AND HARD TO GET MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF THE 3 WITCHES.

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Extremely RARE CAMEO OF QUEEN VICTORIA AND ALBERT.

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Extremely RARE CAMEO OF WOMEN WITH CHILD AND MILITARY MEN



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This is a HUGE AND RARE CAMEO OF MERCURY 



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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED LAVA CAMEO OF SYBIL.


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This is the FINEST MUSEUM QUALITY BACCANTE I HAVE EVER SEEN. So much nicer in person.There are 4 colors of shell and a wonderful patina glow






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This is a FABULOUS CAMEO OF PSYCHE AND EROS AND CHERUBS.


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This is a FABULOUS CAMEO OF A BABY BACCHUS WITH HIS DOG.

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This is a FABULOUS CAMEO OF VENUS AND CUPID.


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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF HERMES OR MERCURY.

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This is an EXTREMELY RARE AND HARD CAMEO TO GET.

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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED ONE PIECE BANDED AGATE CAMEO OF DIONYSUS.


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This is a HUGE AND FINE MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF MUSE PLAYING PIANO WITH CHERUB PEEKING OVER.

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This is a HUGE COMMASSO CAMEO OF PERSEUS WITH A CORAL MEDUSA.



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FABULOUS ROMANTIC CAMEO OF WOMEN AND CHERUBS

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HUGE CAMEO OF THE ANGEL OF HOPE.


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ONE OF THE FINEST AND MOST INTRICATE CAMEOS I HAVE EVER HAD 


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RARE ENAMELLED CAMEO OF 2 MEN

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Rare MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF HEBE-FRENCH


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MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF CERES OR FLORA.

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XX RARE VERY FINE CAMEO OF VENUS IN THE HALF SHELL BEING DRIVEN BY DOLPHINS.

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RARE MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF ST SEBASTIAN BEING TIED TO A TREE AND THE ANGEL GREETING HIM TO HEAVEN.

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FINEST ANGEL I HAVE EVER HAD IN HEAVY GOLD SETTING.1840

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MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF HERA AND HER CHILDREN.


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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF AN OCEAN SCENEtThere are dolphins,,Venus,Neprune,cherubs



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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO The first time I have seen this.IT says La Paix which means peace.



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MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF THE ANNUNCIATION ANGEL.

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WOW I HAVE NEVER SEEN A CAMEO LIKE THIS BEFORE.Fabulous flowers,with shells and harps and a little gnome sitting in the middle.


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This is an extremely RARE CAMEO OF MT PARNASSUS. On the bottom of it it has MONTE PARNASO.There are 18 figures on it It is set in a bubble glass frame..



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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF ANTINOUS.There is 4 colors of shell The frame is gold gilt that looks like gold.From around 1850.Nicer in person.Fabulous carving CLICK


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A RARE AND HIGHILY SOUGHT AFTER HORSES OF THE SUN WITH THE 3 FATES.


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This is a  MUSEUM QUALITY NIGHT AND DAY CAMEO.IT is set in a mosiac frame signed Italy.IT stands up by itself.From my own collection.The size is  2 1/8 by 3 1/8.The cameo itself is  1 3/8 by 1 3/4. Day or Eos has the sun and Nyx or night has the owl .Much nicer in person.I have not seen another set in micro mosiac frame. CLICK  

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FABULOUS MUSEUM QUALITY TOMMASO SAULINI CAMEO OF THE FAMOUS BRITISH ARTIST ARTHUR ABBOT

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HUGE MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF SYBIL.

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ONE THE THE FINEST NIGHT AND DAY CAMEOS EVER

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FINE CAMEO OF A YOUNG PRICE ALBERT CARVED BY THE SAULINI STUDIOS.

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This is a HUGE MANGER SCENE FROM MY OWN COLLECTION.The setting is sterling silver marked and tested.



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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF CHERUBS AT ART PLAY. I have not seen another like this.The setting is 15 ct gold not marked but tested.The size is   2 1/8 by 2 3/8 very large.Has the c and t pin and a large loop for chain..One is painting,reading.sculpting.The frame is done by a master gold smith. From around 1850. CLICK  CLICK  CLICK 



 

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This is one of my favorite cameos.it IS A GIRL READING.The setting tests to 14 kt probably 15 ct.Has the c and t pin and a large loop for chain.The size is  2 1/8 by 2 1/2 Very large.There are leaves around the edge.Much nicer in person.From my own collection.From around 1850. She is leaning on a log.CLICK  CLICK  CLICK 


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This is a WONDERFUL AND RARE CAMEO OF A LION STEALING A BABY FROM A NURSING MOMThe setting is 15 kt gold  marked and tested Has the c and t pin and a safety chain.The size is  2 1/4 by 2 1/2.From around 1850.The cameo is signed on the bottom plate n the front A.D.Wonderful frame with balls and twirls.Much nicer in person.There are some lines only seen when held to light.I have never seen one like this before.CLICK  




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This is a RARE CAMEO OF HANIBEL ON AN ELEPHANT.iN ALL MY YEARS I HAVE ONLY SEEN ONE OTHER LIKE THS The setting tests to a string 14 kt gold.The size is 2 by 2 1/5.Has the c and t pin from around 1850.Fabulous detail From my own collection. There are a few tiny lines only seen  with light Much nicer in person..It is signed on the back but cannot read


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This is a  WONDERFUL CAMEO OF AN EAGLE AT ITS NEST WITH A WOMEN AND A BABY.

Maybe the eagle has stolen the baby and the women climbed up there to get it.The setting  tets to 10 kt gold Has the c and t pin. The size is 2 by 2 1/4  from around 1880.Another cameo from my own collection.I have never seen this one before.Much nicer in person.The eagle is in full relief.The cameo is mint. I love these kinds of scenes the carving is super


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This is a FABULOUS CAMEO OF CHERUBS. The cameo is 14 kt not marked but tested.From around 1920.It is 2 inches with fold down bail.Much nicer in person.High relief .The shell has some darker area to it but all natural  CLICK  CLICK  



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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF HOPE.She has the anchor and there is a ship on the right side.

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This is  ONE OF A KIND CAMEO OF ST MICHAEL AND THE DEVIL.IT is in a humped back glass display box.I have never seen one like this before in this type of box.The cameo is museum quality from around 1860. The cameo is 2 3/8 by 2.The box is  5 1/4 by 6. Has glass in the lid and opens up being held by ribbons. The cameo is mint. From my own collection. You will never see another like this. CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  CLICK







 
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This is a FINE AND FABULOUS CAMEO OF NIKE HOLDING THE LAUREL WREATH.The setting is gold on silver not marked but tested.The size is 17/8 by 11/2.Very fine carving of a very rare subject.Seldom seen.The cameo is mint-no lines.From around 1860.CLICKCLICKCLICK



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This is a  nice HIGH RELIEF CAMEO OF DIONYSUS.IT is carved in horned helmet shell.Has a long c and t pin.The setting is silver not marked but tested.From around 1850. CLICK  CLICK




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This is A VERY RARE LOOK AT THE BIRTH OF VENUS.She is standing on dolphins.The setting is 9 ct gold marked and tested.Unusual shape at 1 1/2 by 2 1/8.Has an old time safety swivel The cameo has lines only seen when held to light.From around 1880.Very nicely done CLICK  CLICK CLICK



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This is a RARE LOOK AT NYX WITH THE WORLD IN HER HANDS.The cameo is silver not marked but tested.Has the c and t pin from around 1880.The size is  1 1/2 by 1 3/8.There is the moon and starCLICK  CLICK     

NO RAIN YET SUPPOSED TO THIS WEEK ON AND OFF

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This is a FINE CAMEO OF MOM WITH CHILD ON HORSE.The horse is drinking at the well.The setting is silver not marked but tested.has the c and t pin and a safety chain.From around 1860.The size is  1 5/8 by 2 1/8.Much nicer in person.The child can be a boy or girl. 

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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF APOLLO AND HIS CHARIOT OF THE SUN..Very fine layered carving.Maybe be an unmarked Saulini.From around 1860.The shell is white On the back there are a few natural lines but not seen on front and only seen when held to light.The size is 2 by 2 3/8.It comes in a wooden and glass case fitted in the velvet.The size is the case is 6 by 71/2.Stands up 1/2 inch.,Much nicer in person.There are girls carved on the chariot...Pardon the glare The shell is mint CLICK  


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This is a MUSEUM QUALITY CARVED CAMEO OF THE 4 WINDS.From my own collection.The setting is  15 ct gold not marked but tested..Very large at 2 1/8 by 2 3/4.has the c and t pin and a safety chain.From around 1860.I have never seen thsi one before.On the back are 2 small dots of re-enforcement not seen on front.Much nicer in person. They are flying with the stars.Beautiful chased frame made by a master goldsmith.

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This is ONE OF MY FAVORITE CAMEO OF PERSEUS AND THE SEA MONSTER He saved Andromeda.It is the best museum quality carving ever.Set in a jet frame.The  cameo is mint.The jet on the back has had a new very old pin put on it as the old holes are still there.The size is  2 by 2 1/4.Has the c and t pin. The carving is in perfect relief.I have never seen another like this.
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This is a rare cameo of a scene with a women and cherub and a statue of Apollo.Set in gold from 1850


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This is a RARE MOURNING CAMEO.May have  belonged to a mason.There is the hope anchor down front as well as a compass and square.The girls have lightly carved leaves across there bottoms.The setting is silve not marked but tested.Has the c and t pin from around 1880.The size is 2 by 2 3/8 Has a safety chain also. Very heavy shell cut crosswise. CLICK  CLICK  CLICK



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This is  FINE GEORGIAN  SHELL CAMEO SET IN SILVER WITH STONES.The setting is not marked but tested.I believe the stones are quartz or they may be garnets and topaz.The white ones have inclusions in them.The size is 1 1/2 by 1 1/8.From around 1830-40. The cameo is in high relief.Looks to be Flora.CLICK  CLICK 


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This is a RARE AND FINE CAMEO OF CRONUS THE LEADER OF THE TITANS.Seldom seen.The setting is 14 ct gold  marked 585 and tesed.Has the  cand t pin.Also a safety chain.The size is  1 3/8 by 1 3/4.From around 1880.There are a few natural lines only seen when held to light. Much nicer in person. CLICK  CLICK  CLICK 

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This is a RARE CAMEO OF SAMSON PRAYING.The setting is 9 ct gold not marked but tested.Has the c and t pin and a safety chain.The size is 2 by 2 3/8.Nice large size.Seldom seen.He is praying towards the sun.I have seen this sell for much more it is at a good price.

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This is an EXTREMELY RARE CAMEO OF DAPHNIS.I have never seen it before.The cameo is mint  with the c and t pin and a safety chain.The size is  1 5/8 by 2.From around 1880. Notice the garlands.The setting is silver not marked but tested. CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  


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This is a LOVELY VICTORIAN LADY WITH FANCY HAIR.The frame is enamelled black on silver not marked but tested.Has a tube catch  and t pin and a safety chain.From around 1870.The size is  1 3/4 by 2 1/8. May be French. Nicer in person CLICK  CLICK


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This is a RARE CAMEO OF A WATER NYMPH.She is unmounted needs a frame.From around 1880.The size is   1 1/2 by 2.Much nicer in person.She sits by the stream with her water urn and wand CLICK  CLICK,


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This is a RARE CAMEO OF BACCHUS AND THE LION OF ROMA.The setting is Pinchbeck from around 1850.Seldom seen this look.The size is 2 by 21/4.Has a safety chain and the c and t pin.I see one small natural line only when held to light.Very large and chunky.CLICKCLICKCLICK


 

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This is a UNMOUNTED CAMEO OF TERPSICORE.IT is very fine.The size is  1 1/2 by2 in high relief.From around 1860

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This is a FABULOUS FULL FIGURE CAMEO OF A PIOUS WOMEN PRAYING.The setting is 15 ct gold not marked but tested 15.1 grams.Has a  c and t pin Size is 1 3/4 by 2 Also has a safety chain.Much nicer in person.From my own collection.Age around 1850.High relief.Maybe a mourning cameo.

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This is a FINE CAMEO OF A RARE SCENE WITH THE STATUE OF ATHENA. There is a child involed.Not sure what it is .The setting is 15 ct gold not marked but tested.The date of 1838 is on the back.The size is large at 2 by 2 3/8.Much nicer in person. Has the c and t pin.

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This is a X  RARE GEORGIAN OYSTER SHELL CAMEO BACKED BY AN AGATE.The setting is silver not marked but tested.From around 1800. There is a King and castle and a bunch of women swooning after him.The size is 1 7/8 by 1 5/8.Has a newer safety catch on it.There is a crack on the left side but very hard to see and fine. Very rare and interesting scene with 7 figures. These Georgian cameos are so hard to find.CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  CLICK



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This is a RARE CAMEO OF THE HORAE ON THE STAR BRIDGE. The HORAE, who are worshipped as Hours as well as Seasons, are the wardens of the sky and of Olympus. Their task is to open and close the Gates of Heaven, whether to open the thick cloud in the entrance, or shut it. They also yoke and unyoke the horses of the chariots of the gods, and they feed the horses with ambrosiaThe setting is 15 ct gold not marked but tested.Huge size at 2 3/8 by 2 3/4.Has the c and t pin from around 1850.The shell imoves a little in the setting but fine to wear.I have only seen one other of these years ago



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Thisis a FINE CAMEO OF CUPID WITH HIS DOG.There is   some arrows down below.The setting is 9 ct gold not marked but tested.Has the t pin and a newer safety catch.From around 1880 Very hard to find.On the left side is a funny spot lookslike layer of the shell not cracked not very noticed when just looking The size is 1 1/2 by 1 3/4. Based on a relief of Bertel ThorvaldsenSee how the dog has his paw on Cupids leg. CLICK  CLICK

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This is a UNIQUE CAMEO OF NIKE WITH THE HORSES OFTHE SUN .IT is shaped like a fan or mirror. The setting is 9 ct gold marked and tested.The cameo is  1 3/4 by 2 1/4.One of the harder themes to find. Has the c and t pin.From around 1880 Much nicer in person.





LARGE VICTORIAN CAMEO OF 2 MEN AND A WOMEN ON HORSEBACK.There is a castle on the side.Maybe a Royal Princess.The setting is Pinchbeck.Has the c and t pin and a safety chain.The size is 2 1/8 by 2 3/8.Nice high relief the cameo is mint.Much nicer in person.From around 1860. click  click  click



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This is a RARE CAMEO OF A DOG.The setting is 14 ct not marked but tested.High releif.The size is  7/8 by 1.Very petite.Fine carving from the 50-60's.I have never seen one like this before

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This is a FINE LARGE CAMEO OF MEDUSA.The setting is PInchbeck but looks to be high ct gold.Has the c and t pin from around 1860.The size is 2 by 2 3/8. Much better in person

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This is a HUGE MUSEUM QUALITY CAMEO OF CHERUBS. They are dancing to music.The setting is 10 kt gold marked.Has a loop for a chain.From around 1950.The size is  2 5/8.Lots of gold.So much detail in them.CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  CLICK  



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This is a WONDERFUL CAMEO OF A NEW MOM WITH HER DOG

The setting is silver  tested. Has an early safety hook
The size is  1 3/4 by 1 1/2.From around 1920.
Great cameo for the new mom

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This is a HUGE AND WONDERFUL CAMEO OF MARS HALTING THE HORSES OF PEACE.The frame is 14 kt gold not marked but tested.There are 4 enamelled places with bows on the frame.Has the c and t pin.From around 1850.The size is  2 5/8 by 3.Has a loop for a chian.Museum carving and fabulous.Much nicer in person. Huge cameo at a good price.A few natural lines only seen in light.
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This is a FABULOUS CAMEO OF NYX THE GODDESS OF THE NIGHT WITH HER OWL

The setting tests to 14 kt gold.Has the c and t pin a a safety and loop for chain'
From around 1850.The size is huge at 2 1/2 ny 2 3/4.There is a moon and star in sky.The color of shell is 3 colors.very pale with pastel oranges.Museum quality carved..Really fine and makes a statement.

At a great price.

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