Excellent antique Victorian amethyst cameo set in 14K gold for sale

A Superbly Carved Antique Victorian Amethyst Cameo Pendant c.1890

antique Victorian amethyst cameos for sale

vintage 19th century hardstone cameo for sale
The gracious turn of the head, the half smile on her lips, skilfully transfered to a cold stone, and an overall mood of the cameo, makes the piece a true  work of art.

size of the amethyst cameo - 1 1/8 x 7/8 in. (31 x 22 mm)

size of the open work 14K gold bezel - 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (39 x 28 mm)



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carved Victorian amethyst cameo pendant for sale

antique vintage victorian jewelry sale amethyst cameo

A master carver who produced this exceptional piece of jewelry, was almost certainly from the German town of Idar-Oberstein.

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".

Idar-Oberstein carvers prospered and reached their zenith in the 19th century. They were most renowned for unmatched quality of amethyst cameos, although various other objects were made from a wide range of imported hardstones.

When local amethyst deposits were mined out, the region went into decline.

It 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.

Carl Faberge routinely marked his stock objects with scratched inventory numbers.  The gold setting of this particular cameo has a tiny five-digit scratched inventory number on the back rim of the gold bezel - 83480.  The number is of an identical appearance as Faberge's inv. numbers of the period.

A possibility of Faberge connection is purely hypothetical and this exceptional cameo is not sold here as a Faberge piece.

antique Victorian hardstone amethyst cameo gold pendant for sale

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