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1930s Art Deco Shell Cameo Drop Earrings, Hand Carved, Set in 14k White Gold with Genuine Diamonds, Italy.
Pre WWII Shell Cameo*. Art Deco Oval Cameos of Ladies in Profile.
Each is bezel set in 14K white gold with a 2 point genuine diamond at the base.

The earrings dangle from new 14K white gold lever backs.
I believe the earrings were originally screw back dangles.

ORIGIN:The cameos* are Italian shell carvings that were set in the USA.
Probably carved in Torre del Greco Naples, Italy.

METAL: Tests14K white gold.
SIZE: the earring is 7/8" long, and the earring backs are 1/2" long.
Thickness: 3/16".

WEIGHT: 3.7gms.
GEM STONES: 2 Genuine Natural Round Diamonds each 2pts.
The Diamonds are bezel set in white gold.

CONDITION: Pristine; show no wear of any kind.

*Shell cameos
Cameo in Shell
Although occasionally used in Roman cameos, the earliest prevalent use of shell for cameo carving was during the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th centuries. Before that time, cameos were carved from hardstone. The Renaissance cameos are typically white on a grayish background and were carved from the shell of a mussel or cowry, the latter a tropical mollusk.

In the mid 18th century, explorations revealed new shell varieties. Helmet shells (Cassis tuberosa) from the West Indies, and queen conch shells (Eustrombus gigas) from the Bahamas and West Indies, arrived in Europe. This sparked a big increase in the number of cameos that were carved from shells. Conch shells carve very beautifully, but their detail fades over time.

After 1850 demand for cameos grew, as they became popular souvenirs of the Grand Tour among the middle class.
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Certificate of Authenticity included on company receipt.

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1930s Deco 14K Cameo & Genuine Diamond Drop Earrings, Hand Carved Shell, Set in White Gold, Torre Del Greco, Italy.


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: 14k White Gold, Genuine White Round Diamonds, Hand Carved Shell Cameos
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