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A master carver who produced this exceptional
piece of jewelry, was almost certainly from the German town of
In the late 14th century, some rich deposits of amethyst were found in
the area, and a long history of gemstone carving began.
In the middle ages, amethyst was considered extremely precious, as it
was one of the five "cardinal stones".
carvers prospered and reached their zenith in the 19th
They were most renowned for unmatched quality of amethyst cameos,
although various other objects were made from a wide range of imported
When local amethyst deposits were mined out, the region went into
is a well known fact that in the 1880s and 1890s, the Russian Imperial
Court jeweler Carl Faberge was one of the biggest retailers of
Idar-Oberstein carvings. Faberge's own workmaster's archived
exceptional results of hardstone carving by the early 20th century, but
in the years mentioned above, a substantial number of Faberge hardstone
pieces were commissioned in Idar-Oberstein.
routinely marked his stock objects with scratched inventory numbers.
The gold setting of this particular cameo has a tiny
scratched inventory number on the back rim of the gold bezel - 83480.
number is of an identical appearance as Faberge's inv. numbers of the
A possibility of Faberge connection is purely
hypothetical and this exceptional cameo is not sold here as a Faberge