This beautiful 9ct gold antique cameo necklace pendant depicts St. John and it dates from the late Georgian/early Victorian period.
Male cameo subjects are much less commonplace than females, biblical characters are scarcer still and this one is left facing too so a desirable and fairly rare piece. Carved out of pastel pink shell as pale as alabaster the biblical image is well defined and beautiful in its simplicity. The cameo is mounted in an unobtrusive and elegant warm old rose gold setting and held in place with decorative "bird feet" claws.
The cameo does have an extremely fine hairline crack in the shell at the top right side, please see the photos. The image carving is unaffected and the shell is still stable, it doesn't move in the setting and the hairline has been stabilised from the back with epoxy.
We have taken this small flaw into account when pricing. It still remains a beautiful and rare antique cameo, almost 200 years old and steeped in Christian spirituality, St. John the Apostle, also called Saint John the Evangelist was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus.
We have added a new 18" rose gold plated sterling silver chain so this rare piece of history is ready to wear right out of the box!
MATERIALS: 9ct gold
MEASUREMENTS: 1-5/8" (4cm) across, 1-1/2" (3.5cm) tall, jump ring 5mm diameter
HALLMARKS: none, acid tested and verified 9ct gold
WEIGHT: cameo 5.4 grams (8.0 grams total with chain)
DATE: circa 1830, Georgian/Victorian
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Materials: 9ct Rose Gold, Shell.