Rare Lava-Like Carved Paste Cameo in 14ct

Rare Lava-Like Carved Paste Cameo in 14ct

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The use of cameos in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and rings is one of the most prolific jewelry motifs used throughout the Victorian Era. Though they pre-date the 19th century, for the travel-loving Victorians a cameo was a favorite, possibly representing a meaningful souvenir of a Grand European Tour... And on that topic, many faux materials were used to create cameos for every budget. This cameo is one example of a "fake" that might very well have taken just as much effort to create as a lava cameo-- but is significantly lighter, easier to wear, and tells its own story.

Set in a sumptuous, scrolling 14ct frame, we first understand that this piece was meant to be treasured, perhaps even more-so than many of the lava cameos, which are often set in gold fill. The Bacchant featured here was made in a most fascinating process of having been sculpted in hand, by wax, then moulded and hand cast, in powdered glass, then polished by hand to finish with this amazing lava-look. She is so rare, I've never had another one like her. I've weigh'ed her, tested the glass, and tripply confirmed as this is such a strange thing to discover. I love her and believe she will be a landmark addition to any collection.  

Materials and Features:  Paste Lava, 14ct gold

Age/Origin: Victorian, American, c.1870-80, in the Italian style 

Measurements: 44.1 grams, 2.3" height, 2" width

Condition: There is a chip to one corner, that has been repaired, likely in the 19th century, but it is not to the central figure. She has been priced accordingly. Minor age wear associated.  

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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Rare Lava-Like Carved Paste Cameo in 14ct
Rare Lava-Like Carved Paste Cameo in 14ct
Rare Lava-Like Carved Paste Cameo in 14ct
Rare Lava-Like Carved Paste Cameo in 14ct
Rare Lava-Like Carved Paste Cameo in 14ct

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