Elevate your jewelry collection with this exquisite mid-Victorian onyx cameo mourning necklace from the 1880s. As a true statement piece, it effortlessly captures the essence of its era. The intricately adorned gold-filled links feature Victorian motifs, enhancing the necklace’s antique charm.
Cameo carving boasts an ancient lineage that traces back to Greece in the 3rd century BCE. Throughout history, notable figures such as Empress Josephine, Alexander the Great, and Queen Victoria have been avid enthusiasts of cameos. These intricate carvings, crafted from materials like hard stone, shell, coral, and lava, serve as exquisite pieces of jewelry or captivating objets d’art, showcasing remarkable skill and timeless beauty.
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The chain is in good to very good antique condition, with a few slight signs of wear. There are fine lines and marks on the chain from years of wear, but no dark tarnished areas or chips on the gold fill. The early box clasp is fully functional, and the onyx is not chipped or cracked.
The chain is 19″ long, the tassel is 1-3/4″ tall and 3/4″ wide, and weighs 14.40 grams. The box is for display only.
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