Antique Victorian Era Hand Carved Carnelian Shell & Brass Lady Cameo Pendant
Antique Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) hand carved carnelian shell cameo pendant with intricately designed brass filigree setting. Carved carnelian shell cameo features the portrait of a lady with a flower in her hair. The cameo background setting is brass metal with attached brass jump ring.
Measurements: 1 1/8" x 7/8"
Weight: 5 grams
Cameo pendant is in very good antique condition with signs of wear to brass filigree setting due to age. Line in the lower right hand corner, and does not appear or go through the backside of the setting.
The cameo pendant is unsigned
History: The Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) was named after Queen Victoria, whose reigned lasted from 1837-1901 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She is the second longest ruling monarch. There are three periods within the Victorian Jewelry Era: The Romantic Era (1837-60), The Grand Era (1861-1880), and the Aesthetic Era (1880-1901). Popular designs included the famous ‘mourning jewelry’ period within the Grand Era. The ‘Mourning’ Grand Era began after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed away. Queen Victoria went into a deep mourning stage while consistently wearing all black attire & jewelry. Mourning Jewelry was common in both the U.K and the U.S. Common jewelry characteristics within this period included black & gold enamel, monogrammed personal accessories, memorial sentimental jewelry such as strands of a deceased loved one’s hair or photograph. Common materials used were jet, onyx, gold, and glass. The last period within the Victorian Era was the Aesthetic Era, which emphasized Queen Victoria’s optimism and looking forward to brighter days.