Vintage 1962 Rolyn Inc. hand-carved shell cameo brooch/pendant combination depicting a beautiful young woman in side profile gazing to the left. The oval shell cameo is set into 12 karat yellow gold filled metal and secures with a modern safety clasp. The brooch is framed with “zig-zag” pattern that is simple, yet adds a wonderful element of design to the piece. Beautiful, affordable cameo to start or add to your collection!
Cameo carving has an ancient history dating back to 3 century BCE Greece. They are typically carved out of hard stone, shell, or coral and can be used as jewelry or objets d’ art. To learn more about cameos, read our blog here:
The cameo is in very good condition for its age with typical signs of wear on the gold. The cameo is hand-carved so you can see the variation in height and carving marks on the surface of the shell. There is a hair-line crack that runs from her shoulder on the left to the frame. It pushes through to the back but does not extend across the entire piece. I think this occurred during carving and has not cracked further in over 100 years of age.
There are small signs of the gold-fill wearing off on the back of the brooch, but it is not visible while wearing. The bail and clasp are fully functional and secure. On the inside of the back is stamped with a large R with INC inside the top and C in the bottom which stands for Rolyn Inc., followed by “12K GF” which means 12 karat gold filled. The makers mark was only used in 1962 so that is how I dated the piece.
Rolyn Inc. was founded in 1961 in Cranston, Rhode Island and is still operational today.
The cameo measures 1-6/8″ tall and 1-1/4″ wide.
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