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These 18K red gold Georgian chandelier earrings from 1830 portray a Romeo and Juliet story through the coral cameo of a lady on the jewel's leverback and the coral cameo of a gentleman on its suspension with three dangling sets of gold and coral beads. Both surrounded by filigree and separated from each other by grand chased frills, the yearning of two loved-ones for their soul mate is illustrated in the most symbolic manner.
Antique jewelry object group: earrings
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.
Style: late Georgian or early Victorian
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Period: ca. 1830
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Material: 18K red gold
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Technique: Cameo is a method of carving, or an item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It features a raised (positive) relief image. There are three main materials for Cameo carving; Shells or Agate (called a Hardstone cameo), and glass. Cameos can be produced by setting a carved relief, such as a portrait, onto a background of a contrasting colour. This is called an assembled cameo. Alternately, a cameo can be carved directly out of a material with integral layers or banding, such as (banded) agate or layered glass, where different layers have different colours. Sometimes dyes are used to enhance these colours. Cameos are often worn as jewellery. Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece dating back as far as the 6th century BC. They were very popular in Ancient Rome, and one of the most famous stone cameos from this period is the Gemma Claudia made for the Emperor Claudius. The technique has since enjoyed periodic revivals, notably in the early Renaissance, and again in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Precious stones: coral cameo's
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Condition: excellent condition
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Dimensions: height 10.52 cm (4.14 inch)
Weight: 11.40 gram (7.33 dwt)
Reference Nº: 09177-4329
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